Key tips for ensuring your passwords are secure

Key tips for ensuring your passwords are secure

The advice sometimes seems pious and boring - “Practice Password Security” or “Use Strong Passwords.” It is hard to go for long browsing the internet without seeing some form of this advice. The reason is simple: lost, stolen or hacked passwords are the cause of misery ranging from false postings on sites like Facebook to large-scale economic loss and even identity theft. This can start a chain of events that takes months or years to correct. While the strength of your passwords is an important issue, many security breaches occur because of device loss. Lock all the devices that have your password information (require a password to open them). This advice applies to fixed-position devices like desktop computers, but especially to mobile devices that are carried with you. If your cell phone, tablet or laptop computer is stolen or lost, the person who comes into possession of this device may have access to your password-protected accounts. Think about this- if your...
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Don’t put out a welcome mat for home burglars and robbers

Don’t put out a welcome mat for home burglars and robbers

Have you ever said or overheard someone say while in a public place, “The kids gave me a TV for my birthday,” or “I just got a great deal on a laptop computer?” Do you hide a house key under the back-door mat or leave your doors unlocked during the day? If so, you are leaving yourself open to being victimized. It’s important for all homeowners to take precautionary measures, but more so for older adults. Robbers are a threat to physical well-being, as well as personal goods. Being physically attacked can result in long months of rehabilitation. So, keeping within the bounds of common sense, let the evidence be a call to action, not just another reason to worry. Before paranoia sets in, first consider that there are measures you can take to thwart the possibility of a home burglary. Short of installing electrified fencing guarded by watchdogs and high-tech video cameras monitored by security staff (which, by the way, sends a...
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