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Managing Passwords
December 7th, 2011 by admin

I have spent a lot of time thinking about, talking about, even writing about password management.  I have been a big fan of using a scheme to create passwords.  The thing is, I was not perfect in using a unique password for everywhere I went.  Even though the base password I used was very good (17 upper, lower, numbers & symbols) it was still, occasionally, the same password. Read the rest of this entry »


Facebook, Social Engineering, & Me
October 28th, 2009 by WillDuke

Someone hacked my Facebook page.  There, I said it.  It’s humiliating.

I’m a computer guy.  I know a lot about security.  I know all the right things to do.  I tell people all the right things to do.  My network password is 17 characters long!

I didn’t practice what I preach.

When I setup my Facebook account I thought Facebook wasn’t that important.  Surely nobody would bother Read the rest of this entry »


Personal Computer Backup
October 27th, 2009 by WillDuke

You probably have a computer at home.  You probably have digital photos and music on it.  You might have your checkbook balanced there.  You probably have some other stuff you don’t want to lose.

If you’re like most people, you know you should back all that stuff up.  If you are backing it up, good for you.  You’re the minority.  For the rest of us it’s either too hard, too confusing, too easy to put off…  I suppose I don’t need to tell you why you’re not doing it, you already know.

I’m not trying to take the high road here, until recently I wasn’t backing up at home either.  Computers are pretty reliable, they don’t crash very often at all.  That’s my honest opinion, and I’m something of an expert.  So, my opinion was “I don’t need to fix the roof right now, it isn’t raining.”  Of course, when it’s raining I can’t fix the roof.

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