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One thing that Mac and Windows computer users have in common are all those operating system (OS) and software updates. While they’re important for security, they can also get in the way when you’re in the middle of something.
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If you live in or around Grand Rapids, Michigan and are looking for high-speed Internet service, you are in luck. There are many excellent choices, in a variety of price ranges, regardless of whether you need residential or commercial service. But with so many good services to choose from, how do you actually choose?
This article provides descriptions of all the major service providers in Grand Rapids, along with a selection of their prices. At the end of the article, we will list the provider who offers the best value for the money. [Read more…]
You’re not alone! Thankfully, Techie Becky can help you develop a simple way to create unique, complex passwords.
Most people use the same password everywhere – home, work, Gmail, Facebook… even for banking. Considering how many passwords we’re expected to remember and use on a daily basis, password exhaustion is a very real thing. It’s no wonder that when yet another prompt for a password appears, users enter easily guessed combinations like “abcd”, “password”, or “Bob1234”.
Trouble is, even if your password is making the required effort, hackers are taking a daily stroll around the internet and collecting logins and passwords as they go, from either leaked details or sites with security flaws.
Then, they’ll try their luck with that login/password set elsewhere. They know more than half the internet users in the world have only one password and email combination, so the chance of gaining access to your accounts is actually quite high. Even the big names in tech are at risk of password breaches:
- 360 million MySpace emails and passwords leaked
- 117 million LinkedIn account details leaked
- 3 billion Yahoo accounts details hacked
- 1.4 billion username and password found on Dark Web in December 2017
Same password used elsewhere? Cue the domino effect! One site breach follows another and another until hackers have nothing more to gain. The only way to break this chain reaction is to use a different password for each site.
How to Create Easily Remembered Passwords
Have a system or template for creating your own unique passwords that you’ll be able to remember, but is not obvious to hackers. For example:
“special character” +”unique word” +”initials to identify the website”+ “numbers”+”special character”
This combination becomes… %K1ttyFB75!
It might seem complicated, but the above is really just based around the words ‘kitty’ and ‘FB’ for Facebook. Change the FB to something else for other sites.
What to Do If Your Password Has Been Hacked
You can check to see if any of your accounts have been compromised by entering your email into a site like www.haveibeenpwned.com
If it alerts a breach, you need to change your passwords immediately – all of them. Use the example system above to create a new set. If you’re struggling to remember your set of passwords, consider using a secure password tracker such as LastPass — Techie Becky uses Lastpass herself.
If you need help changing your passwords or setting up a secure password system, just call (616) 901-3210 and Techie Becky will be more than happy to help you.
We all hope that our cherished computer equipment and all our gadgets will last forever and without problems, but sadly we know this is not the case. Sooner or later our equipment will eventually break. When this happens, we are faced with a big decision: should we get it repaired or should we try to fix it ourselves?
This is not an easy decision, and before you make it you should ask yourself the following questions: