It’s just so hard to write 350 words of original website copy these days. Photo by Mike Eskin, enhanced by Matt Ipcar
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Watching Michelle deliver a passionate, spirited speech on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. A remarkable presentation. (Photo: Pete Souza, The White House)
If your password is a word, you’ve got a problem. Yes, even if you replaced some of the letters with numbers. Mother’s maiden name as a “secret question”? Not so secret. We’ve all read the stories of celebrities, politicians and simple folk that had their accounts hacked and their dirty underwear thrown all over the press. They were all shocked to hear that someone didn’t “hack” the system, they just guessed their password. Vindictive exes? Snooping spouses? Passwords on paper? Probably the biggest threats to your accounts…not hackers.
Facebook and Google and Yahoo and Microsoft can have the best encryption and security protocols in the world, but that doesn’t mean anything if your password is “shinyobjects321″. It may be easy for you to remember, but it’s also easy to guess. And, chances are, you use it for every account you have. Sound familiar?
So, please, do these three simple things and feel much safer about the security of your accounts.
A few years ago, a friend and I read an article in the New York Times challenging readers to take a “digital vacation” away from their communications devices. If you’re anything like most Americans today, you’re glued to at least a cell phone, but probably quite more, like a smartphone or iPad. Permanently connected and infinitely accessible, we’re tethered to networks that bring use closer to friends, family and strangers despite barriers of distance or social obligation. For many of us, we marvel at the possibilities and appreciate the moments that connect us with those whom we treasure most. Increasingly, though, and for many that are tethered to the workplace by Blackberry and email, it’s really just a pain.
Dave and I were terribly unsuccessful in our attempts to eliminate communications devices from our lives every Sunday, lasting only a month before just giving up. Oddly, it wasn’t because we needed to reach out to others, it was because we felt the pressure to be plugged in was simply too great. We were missing out on something, we were sure of it. What if friends wanted to go out? What if there was a breaking news story that we weren’t even remotely involved in but obviously HAD to know about? Were we letting friends down by not being available all the time? I think we were pretty surprised at the feelings raised by this challenge.
I posted a photo to Flickr on Saturday from a friend’s surprise birthday party. A blindfold was being tied to her head so that she could swing at the piñata. Easy enough.
Two days later, the photo has 200 views and 7 users have marked it as a favorite. Now, either this is a truly remarkable photo that is deserving of its attention, or there is something else afoot.
I’m going with the latter. I’m no Ansel Adams and none of my photos have been favorited by seven people. Read more →