How Secure Are Your Passwords?

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Likely answer. Not very.

According to security reports as many as 90% of all passwords are vulnerable to hacking…pretty easily. Why? Because hackers and hacking programs have become incredibly intelligent…and we have become incredibly complacent.

The good news is that it’s not that hard to create stronger passwords, (just make sure you can remember them) that will give you added security from an internet attack.

I found some good advice on creating more secure passwords – no sense in re-creating the wheel when good info already exists…

Password Protection: How to Create Strong Passwords via pcmag.com

Creating strong passwords is easier than you think via infoworld.com – some great tips on password reset questions here as well.

Want to know how secure your password is? How Secure is My Password will tell you how long it will take a computer to figure out your password…

Shockingly my older password would have only taken 11 minutes! That’s scary. The newer one that I had started using would take 275 days…better, but I’m not taking chances…

Using the tips on these websites, I’m now good for 4 million years…or until the hackers get more sophisticated…which is probably about 6 months…

And one last word of caution…DON’T trust your browser to remember your passwords! Just recently, it was discovered that Google was not encrypting its Chrome users’ passwords…crazy.

If you need help remembering passwords (and I sure do,) use a Secure Password Manager like LastPass (which I personally use,) or RoboForm.

My disclaimer…NOTHING is perfectly secure. But with a little bit of effort we can at least make the hacker’s job a bit harder…and maybe we can sleep a little better at night.

How secure are your passwords? 

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Will This Knowledge Give You Power…or Anxiety?

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To know…Not to know…To know…Not to know…

That’s the question.

Fascinating new research now gives us at least some ability to discover our risks for certain diseases, conditions, tendencies…but do we really want to know.

Well, that depends…on your philosophy, your desire and willingness to be proactive (even if it means significant lifestyle changes,) and your tendency toward worry and anxiety.

The company 23andMe has been working on personal DNA testing for years, but now thanks to some funding and advancements information about current and future health concerns is affordable and accessible to all of us. (Currently $99)

Want to know if you’re at higher risk for Parkinson’s or Breast cancer? How gluten affects your body? Which medications you’re likely to have a bad reaction too?

What about your children? Do you want to know what their risks are or if you’re a carrier and what you’ve possibly passed down to your children?

23andMe also gives you recommendations and keeps you updated on new advancements. There’s also a really neat ancestry component that lets you find relatives you may not have known existed through DNA matching…Fascinating.

Also a bit scary and Orwellian to some.

It’s not perfect science and it’s definitely not comprehensive. It’s certainly no guarantee either. For many conditions, lifestyle plays a far greater role than does genetics, but…

Since I firmly fall into the “Knowledge is power” camp, I want to know as much as I possibly can about my health risks so that I can address them, monitor them and prepare for them as much as possible. Since I’m also a card-carrying member of the “Plagued by anxiety and worry” camp, I’ll have to deal with that part too.

Yes, genetic advancements may open the door for some disturbing and possibly dangerous possibilities. But the reality is genetic research and personal DNA is the future of medicine, so we might as well use it to our advantage to whatever extent we can.

My birthday is right around the corner…and you can bet that this is at the top of my list of gifts that I’m giving myself.

What about you? Do you want to know?

 

More:

(Watch how Dr. Nancy Snyderman looks at her breast cancer risk on the Today show)

(Fabulous article “INSIDE 23ANDME FOUNDER ANNE WOJCICKI’S $99 DNA REVOLUTION,” on FastCompany.com)

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Profile of a High paying, Low expectation, Dream job…”

Hurray we did it!

Position Profile: High pay, Only work part time, Results not required…

 

Ability to run the company into the ground

Freedom to lay off 800,000 workers at will

Capacity to balance a budget not required

Spend workday arguing with coworkers while accomplishing absolutely nothing productive

Act like a child posturing on the playground for “King of the hill status”

Job security based on popularity, not results

Get paid no matter how crappy job performance

 

Skills not required – Financial aptitude, ability to compromise, innovation, accountability, critical thinking…

 

Oh wait…all of these positions are filled…by Congress

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When Even the Best Intentions Go Awry

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It happens to all of us I think… You think you’re doing everything right, then life slaps you down with very rude, “Ha! And you thought you were in the driver’s seat…Wrong!” It happens. It sucks. But it happens.

You suddenly find yourself on this shaky ground of “What the heck happened?” What do you do?

Well, that’s both personal and circumstance driven. Your “what to do” may be different than mine. And it’s most definitely different if you’ve lost your job than if you’ve lost a loved one, when you’re going through a divorce or dealing with a health crisis, and so on.

Retreat. Rethink. Regroup. Reframe. Revise. Renew. Revive. Start over.

I share this as sort of a roundabout way of shining a light on a dilemma we all face while explaining my rather sparse and sporadic posting and social media presence over the last month or two. Yes, happened to me too.

Long story short:

A very healthy, rarely sick, energetic “doer,” (that’s me,) finds she has disappeared and in her place is a very sick, barely functional human with some strange unexplained affliction. This is the point in life’s smack down when we finally realize, that yes, this is actually happening to us.

Fast forward a few (actually more than a few) months of tests, research, meds, medicinal herbs and various supplements and there seems to be some measure of improvement, but not truly getting better, certainly not back to fully functional.

So, doctor’s orders: Rest, rest, rest, no work, no exercise, no stress…

My response: Are you kidding me? I don’t think I know how to do that!

This was followed by much complaining, rationalizing, bargaining, resisting… The usual response when we find ourselves in circumstances we desperately don’t want to be in…

After the dirt settles we realize that we only have two choices:
Bite the bullet and do whatever needs to be done no matter how difficult or uncomfortable it is…
Or drift along in victim mode.

No choice really.

So…What do I do?

I chose Retreat, Rethink, and Renew.

Go to bed early, take naps, yoga, a bit of walking, meditate, disconnect as much as possible, radically eliminate and minimize, let many things slide, basically stop working (hence the sporadic blog posts,) and ask for help.

Is it hard? Incredibly so.

Is it working? Slowly, but yes.

What comes next? I have absolutely no idea.

We’ve all heard this before…Change or die.

Pretty much sums it up. Sometimes literally. Sometimes figuratively.

How about you…When life smacks you down, what do you do?

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Are We Cheating Ourselves of Quality?

 

Often, in the pursuit of quantity we cheat ourselves of quality. Then again, quantity also plays a significant role in our lives. Certain elements, such as hugs, kisses, abundance, and love, are best had in copious amounts that are high in quality.
But faced with the choice between a single, heartfelt grin and a lifetime of empty smiles, most would, no doubt, choose the former. Ultimately, it is not how much you live or have or do but what you make of each moment that counts. ~DailyOm

So true. So true. But often forgotten in our hectic race for…what? I’m not sure we know…

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