Two points I want you to know from the c|net article: “Strong passwords: 9 rules to make, remember and manage your login credentials:

I encourage you to take a moment, click on the source link below, and read the article from c|net that talks about password management. After reading this article myself, I strongly endorse all the points that are made; especially the use of a password manager, but there were two points that jump out to me that I see people at home doing all the time:

1 – People use weak passwords (and never change them)

2 – People will use those same weak passwords on multiple accounts.

Longer passwords are better: 8 characters is a starting point

8 characters are a great place to start when creating a strong password, but longer logins are better. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and security expert Brian Kerbs, among many others, advise using a passphrase made up of three or four random words for added security. A longer passphrase composed of unconnected words can be difficult to remember, however, which is why you should consider using a password manager.

Don’t recycle your passwords

It’s worth repeating that reusing passwords across different accounts is a terrible idea. If someone uncovers your reused password for one account, they have the key to every other account you use that password for.

The same goes for modifying a root password that changes with the addition of a prefix or suffix. For example, PasswordOne, PasswordTwo (these are both bad for multiple reasons).

Source: c|net – Strong passwords: 9 rules to make, remember and manage your login credentials

Today’s Software Picks: OpenOffice, Wireless Network Watcher, and Last Pass

Apache OpenOffice v4.1.7

Apache OpenOffice v3.0.0 Beta 2 RC 1 screenshot 1 / 5
OpenOffice.org is is a multi-platform office productivity suite.

[UPDATE] Wireless Network Watcher v2.21

Wireless Network Watcher scans your wireless or small wired network and displays the list of all computers and devices that are currently connected to your network. For every computer or device that is connected to your network, IP & MAC addresses, the company that manufactured the network card and optionally the computer name are all listed.

LastPass 4.33

LastPass automatically fills in saved log-ins and forms with the click of a button. This handy Web freebie and browser plug-in also syncs your data to any computer that you use regularly.


More “Downloads”

The rules for creating passwords are simple…

Forgot password? Five reasons why you need a password manager | ZDNet

The rules for creating passwords are simple: Use a random combination of numbers, symbols, and mixed-case letters; never reuse passwords; turn on 2FA, and use a password manager. Here’s why you can’t afford not to. Plus: Five password managers worth considering (click on the source link below to visit ZDNet for the full story).

old bunch of keys, rustiness

Source: Forgot password? Five reasons why you need a password manager | ZDNet

S10 Password Vault – A Hidden Gem Of A Password Manager

The majority of home based computer users use the same passwords (or easy to remember passwords) for nearly every account that they are subscribed to. Hacker’s (or criminals) know this and take advantage of these facts. If your password is easy to remember, then it is easy to hack.

To make your accounts secure, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you use a password manager to manage your accounts and the passwords associated with them. The “go to” password manager that I use (on all my computers and devices); and, have used since its’ inception is the “S10 Password Vault”. It has never let me down… The main feature I like about this software is that I have total control over my password information at the local level.

S10 Password Vault

There are so many features to the S10 Password Vault that I encourage you to visit the developer’s site by clicking the source link below.S10 Password Vault is available for Windows as a standard installer and as a portable version that allows you to run directly from a USB drive (which then also contains your data file). There is also an “S10 Vault” mobile companion app for iPhone/iPad (in the App Store) and for Android devices (in the Google Play Store and Amazon App Store).

Source: S10 Software – S10 Password Vault

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