We need to talk about your passwords again!

I thought everybody understood how important good password health is. But I was wrong. You see, people have to tell me their password sometimes. I’m trustworthy so that’s OK! I might be fixing something or setting something up when they aren’t there. I continue to be shocked at how weak some people’s passwords are. I know some of the reasons why. You can read my earlier post How to Escape Password Hell for some of the background.

It’s not just my customers, it’s everywhere. You might have seen this video before, it’s from the Jimmy Kimmel show in the US.

It’s a funny video. It would be even funnier if it wasn’t so frightening.

Is your password is your pet’s name (or your child… or your wife .. or your mother…), followed by a number like a birthday that you’ve probably posted on Facebook at some time? It is? Well, you have to change it NOW.  Especially if you use the same one everywhere.

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How to find a scam on the web in one easy step

If you want to find a scam on the web in one easy step, just type in the URL of a popular website but get one letter wrong. The sort of thing you might do if you were typing really quickly, and not paying attention. You’ll feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. It looks like the internet, it works like the internet and a lot of the stuff there is just annoying, but essentially harmless junk and advertising, like the internet. But this is mixed in with a wide variety of scams. Including the ever-popular, and completely evil, “Microsoft” tech support scam.

We’ve all done it at one time. And it just happened to me.

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Confessions of an ex Mac Hater

This might surprise my friends. I don’t hate Macs any more. I did, for a long time. At least I said I did.  My hate had roots that came from experience. Although I should also admit that the experience was from over 20 years ago. I changed companies and moved from being involved in software development on DOS and Windows on PC to a support role for a company whose primary software product only ran on the Mac. In fact the whole office only ran on Mac. It was only the support guys who had PCs to support customers using PCs. I was struck by how closed and obstructive the Mac was. Yes the graphics were pretty but , too often, the answer to the question “Can I do that…?” was “No, not on a Mac.” Despite it’s comparative lack of sophistication, on a PC the answer was almost always “Yes”.  And even then the PC community was bigger and more vibrant. I was so happy when within 2 years, both the main product and the office had transitioned to PC and Windows.

This was 1995.

Remember the buzz around Windows 95? The TV ads with the Rolling Stones “Start me up…”? Read more