Don’t Forget #Security

Every so often, I remind you to strengthen your passwords. Or, if you have strong passwords, to passwordcongratulate you.

How strong is strong enough?

The November 2016 issue of Consumer Reports suggests at least 12 characters, preferably a string of words that you can remember but isn’t a title of a book or movie or a common phrase.

They also suggest writing down all your passwords and putting the list with your important papers so that if you’re incapacitated (which God forbid) your files and accounts can be accessed by your peeps can TCB (take care of business).

Meanwhile, I’m posting at Fatal Foodies today about the kitchenless house.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Your main character gets an account hacked. Or hacks somebody else’s account.




I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Don’t Forget #Security

  1. Jane

    October 4, 2016 at 8:49am

    Love the Fatal Foodies post. A kitchenless house, indeed!
    Very interesting.

    Yeah. I’ve written down my passwords. ANd they’re in a very secret place….
    Wait a minute…. Just kidding. They’re in a folder, right beside my ‘puter.

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  2. Joey

    October 4, 2016 at 8:19pm

    Love the Fatal Foodies post 🙂 I’d love to have my kitchen facing south and a cooler porch on the east…but my house didn’t come that way. The kitchen in my house was the first part built, almost 100 years ago. A kitchen then was an oven and ice box and a prep table. Now…well you know!

    I never use those memory things they give you for passwords, first this, first that, Mom’s this — almost everyone knows those things about other people! I feel good about my passwords. I make everything far more complex than it need be! Hah!

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      Marian Allen

      October 5, 2016 at 8:27am

      I have complex passwords, too. Then I can’t remember them, or it takes five years to input it on a phone’s virtual keyboard. First world problems, eh?

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  3. A.C.Flory

    October 5, 2016 at 5:43am

    For all my important – read financial – passwords, I also have a one-time token. What that means is that even if someone learns my password, they cannot access my account without also being in possession of my token [which I never leave lying around]. Until we have some way of instantly testing DNA for the ultimate in security, this helps. 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      October 5, 2016 at 8:29am

      Yeah, but then criminals would be swiping folks’ DNA. Like on NCIS, when they find a body missing a finger, they should IMMEDIATELY think “fingerprint access code”. ‘Cause that’s what it always turns out to be.

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      • A.C.Flory

        October 6, 2016 at 4:43am

        Rats…did you have to pop my balloon? I so want a world in which I don’t have to remember ten million passwords. 🙁

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