Managing Your Passwords & Keeping Them Safe

Education is the best protection against computer infection.

My very talented daughter, Circe, has just created a handy book in which you can keep your computer site passwords. The title is “ Keys to the Door” and there are 2 sizes. One is letter size, 8-1/2”x11” and the other is 6”x9” titled “Handy Keys to the Door”. Both books contain the same information and are easy to use and keep safe.

These books were created as a companion to those who understand the importance of computer security. 17 pages in the larger book have several lines and spaces for the date, e-mail or website, user name and password. She recommends you write in pencil so changes can be made easily. Spaces are also available in which to write the answers to your security questions.

The book she gave me is beginning to be filled up. I can now dispose of the bits of paper and scribbled notes I can hardly read, much less find, and locate my password book in seconds. I entered my passwords alphabetically so it is easy to find the site I want. I put 2 letters, more or less, on each page. If you prefer you could enter yours by subject matter. The choice is up to you.

Circe is well qualified to produce these books. She is an experienced computer security advocate as well as a speaker on this subject and other computer information. Her membership in Toastmasters allows her to educate her audience on many subjects. Her speaking biography can be seen on the Qualified Speakers of District 52, Toastmasters website: http://district 52speakersbureau.com/qualified-speakers-of-district-52/. The website for her computer security information is http://malwaretruth.com.

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Driving in the rain . . . this may save a life.

GOOD VISION IN A DOWNPOUR

How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour.

We are not  sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily. This method was given me by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it. It is useful . . . even driving at night. One method used by Canadian military drivers for years.

Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad.

In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.

Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car, as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend’s life by giving him this idea.

Try it yourself and share it with your friends! Amazing, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.

You can see where the rain bounces off the road. It works to eliminate the “blindness” from passing semi’s spraying you too.

Or the “kickup” if you are following a semi or car  in the rain. They ought to teach that little tip in driver’s training. It really does work.

READ THIS ONE TOO About the danger of cruise control on a wet surface.

This next warning is a another good one! I wonder how many people know about  this:

A 36-year-old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car. A resident of Kinburn, Ontario, was traveling between Kinburn and Ottawa. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydroplane and literally flew through the air . . . She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence!

When she explained to the OPP Officer what had happened  he told her something that every driver should  know – NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE  CONTROL ON. She thought she was being cautious  by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain. But the officer told her that if the cruise control is on when your car begins to hydroplane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane She told the OPP Officer that was exactly what had  occurred.

The officer said this warning should be listed, on the driver’s seat sunvisor — NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and  drive a safe speed — but we don’t tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.

The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the officer), was a man who had a similar accident, totalled his car and sustained severe injuries.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.

 

Be Alert!

I have a friend who works for the Los Angeles Police Department and she frequently gives me safety tips that she gets from the officers.  This is a new one I hadn’t heard about.   I am quoting her email to me.

” While working for LAPD last week, I heard the following over the police radio…

Lady was pumping gas at a gas station when a female opened her car door and grabbed her purse.  The female then jumped into a car driven by a male, and they sped away.  In this particular case, someone did get the license plate, however, after the money is taken, the rest is usually thrown out.

I guess the safe thing to do might be to lock your car door when you pump gas if you have your purse in there.”

I have to add, don’t leave your car keys in the car when you lock the door.