Is 123456 A Good Password? — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-04)

Is 123456 A Good Password? – Apparently many people think that it is. The password “123456” once again reigns as the most commonly used password, as it has since SplashData’s first list in 2011, demonstrating how people’s choices for passwords remain consistently risky. The second most risky password used is; you got it, is the word “password”. To see a listing of the worst passwords for 2015 — CLICK HERE… The whole purpose of this annual publishing of bad passwords is to encourage “we the people” to use stronger passwords in an effort to protect our personal data and to improve internet security.

Worst Passwords

One of the options that I use to protect myself, due to the numerous passwords that I use, is to use a password manager. The password manager that I use and strongly endorse is the S10 Password Vault which is available as a Windows install, portable app (on USB Drive), iPhone app, iPad app, and Android app. Many folks have a tendency to use one of the cloud-based password managers; however, I personally just do not feel comfortable with piping the passwords to my personal accounts into the cloud and not knowing (for absolutely sure) that it will always remain protected. With S10 Password Vault, I at least feel I have some level of control.

MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF

How To Create A Bookmark For The Download List In Google Chrome – Open chrome://downloads in your browser. Click the star next to the link and then save it on your bookmarks bar. You can adjust the name of the shortcut to whatever you desire..

Google Chrome

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If You Have Windows 10 And Love Jigsaw Puzzles – Check out Magic Jigsaw Puzzles, a Windows app, that has some FREEBIE options built into it, as well as paid options. Featuring: Lot’s of  beautiful, high-definition puzzles; Downloadable content (including FREE puzzles); Constantly updated pictures gallery; 4 levels of difficulty (up to 280 pieces); Move pieces in groups; Rotation mode for a greater challenge; Create your own puzzles from your pictures; New special picture every day; Work on more than one puzzle at a time and see your progress; Easy-to-operate control and Easy preview. After installing and trying it out, I found there were some ads and a few freebie puzzles. There was an option to buy into a package for $9.99 that makes the ads go away and opens up many options. Nice jigsaw puzzle software (even for $10)…

Magic Jigsaw Puzzles

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Synchronize Your Folders and Drives In A Quick and Easy Way – I have been testing various FREE backup and synchronization software. One that is currently on my computer now that is leading the pack is Synchredible. The standard version is free for private purposes. What I really like about Synchredible is that it has a built in wizard that will walk you through configuring your sync jobs. Once these jobs are setup, performing synchronized backups is as easy as clicking a button.

Synchredible

Synchredible

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A “News Spread” Like No OtherCLICK HERE to see Newsola… I have featured Newsola on here before and decided to throw it out there at you again. Really neat way that the news is presented. You can set Newsola up so that it will auto refresh on a regular basis. Nice cloud based app that you can keep up on the screen when your computer is idle that will keep you up to date on the latest news.

Newsola 

Newsola

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Need A Router? Check This One Out – The TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router is one of those routers I am seeing on Amazon that is inexpensive, but has a great number of customer reviews. At the time of this posting, this router was at the $20 mark.

TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router

TP-Link Router

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3 Responses to Is 123456 A Good Password? — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-04)

  1. I ordered a refurbished one of those TP-LINK routers from Newegg for $15 (free shipping) about a year and a half ago and it has been working well ever since. It is still a very good deal at $20. My earlier TRENDnet and D-Link routers had not been as reliable, fast, or economical.

    Although I have not done it myself yet, it should also be noted that this router can be upgraded to use open source firmware like DD-WRT. E.g., see http://dfarq.homeip.net/2014/01/how-i-upgraded-a-tp-link-tl-wr841n-to-dd-wrt/

  2. I was all set to follow Rick’s tip on Synchredible until I noticed that it is only supported on Windows. If you have a Mac or Linux machine on your LAN, you are out of luck! (I have an Ubuntu machine.) I got to looking around and I found FreeFileSynch: http://www.freefilesync.org/

    FreeFileSynch supports all 3 platforms. However, even more importantly to me, it is open source software; and I always prefer such solutions to merely free (as in beer) software. Source is available from the freefilesync.org Web site. (No longer at SourceForge.)

    There is a comparison table for various incarnations of file synchronizaion software at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_file_synchronization_software

    For FreeFileSynch, it warns, “Bundled with OpenCandy.”; but, thankfully, that is no longer true. I am sure of this because I just did a Windows install of it.

    Wikipedia’s comparison table lists a very large number of proprietary products. The fact that ASCOMP’s Synchredible product is not even among them strikes me as a warning flag. (It is possible that it is a rebranded version of one of the listed ones, but that would still be worrisome to me.)

  3. Nhick says:

    Actually that 123456 password is my very first pass I used on one of my first social account back then haha..

    Nice lists Rick.
    Nhick

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