Passwords – You really need 2 change yours!

First off, let me just say this: Yes, passwords are important. Many of us tell ourselves that they are just formalities, or that you don’t store information online or on a hard drive, but the facts are this: Someone, somewhere, “keeps your record on file.” I’m not saying we should all have less faith in our neighbors, but someone is keeping close tabs on you, and there is no harm in protecting yourself. So change your pasword. It is the simplest and least expensive identity and privacy protection you can get.

So, now that that diatribe is out of the way, let’s be frank about the actual password. In short, make it a good one. Yup, having your child’s and/or pet’s name as your password, not such a good idea. And don’t even try to keep inquiring minds away with “love” or “god.”

Here’s 2 free password checkers:
Microsoft Password Checker
Password Strength Checker

Even big media conglomerates are susceptible to password cracking! The latest brick to crack under pressure?
Gmail Vulnerability to Password Cracking

And having the same one for all things (computer admin, email, social media, shared accounts, billing and bank services) is not practical or fruitful.

One solution: Password Managers to help keep the login info within reach.

Our 3 Preferred Password Managers: Roboform, 1Password, and LastPass.

Want to generate your own passwords, but can’t think of easy way to do it?

A few good choices

Strong Password Generator

Password Generator (like this one – you can save a copy of page on your desktop – so it doesn’t access internet when setting passwords

New article on Changing Passwords, Setting new passwords

Dead to arise and Thrill in Zombie Mob

I’m gonna let you in on a big secret. It’s not supposed to be a huge secret, but for some unknown reason, every time I mention it to someone, their bewildered puzzlement speaks volumes of “Whaaaa?”

Zombies, man. They’re coming for all of us in a big way next month.

Thrill the World 2010 is promising to be the World’s Biggest Thriller Dance (LINK), done internationally and simultaneously, October 24. The Michael Jackson tribute, will be performed in multiple locations around the globe to honor the artist, help raise money for charity and for the thrill of it.

The event will take place Sat. Oct. 23, 2010 at 11am & 11pm GMT/UTC. One hemisphere of the world will dance first, the “eastern” world, and then the “western” world  will dance 12 hours later. That is  4 a.m. and 4 p.m. PST in California. One world record will be granted to the participants of whichever time (a.m. or p.m.) has the most participants, provided that either event has more than 22,596 people–last year’s record breaking number of attendees(VIDEO).
I promised a friend I would attend, and as I’m still learning the dance, it’s obvious why there’s a need for video tutorials. But these moves are a lot of fun to learn and do, and I can’t wait because this will be the first time I’ve ever helped break the record. By the looks of some of these videos, breaking the record or dancing is one heck of a way to build community even in L.A.

LA during 2009 record-breaking thrill.

For those unable to attend the workshop, video tutorials are available on YouTube:
(The instructor that uploaded these went to all the trouble of showing different and helpful tools to help you learn each move. “Break It Down” is an intensive instructional video for beginning; “Dance With Me “ is slowed down and facing the instructor’s back, which helps you learn the steps without having to reverse and dance the opposite of  her instructions; and “DEMO” is presented at Regular Thriller Time Speed. All of the Lessons listed here are presented in the DEMO time, which I think might help you see moves, then find the “Break It Down” and “Dance With Me” sections, whose clips will be listed soon after the DEMO. For example,  “Lesson 5: Wuz Up takes you to “Learn Thriller Dance — Part 21 of 40 Clips.” You’ll find Part 22 of 40 will be the “Break It Down” instructional for the Wuz Up move. Part 23 of 40 will take you to a “Remember!” section that offers helpful tips, and Part 24 will take you to the  “Dance With Me” for the Wuz Up move. See? Easy! Now you know how to do the Thriller! Well, the memorization part is still up to you.)
DEMO – Full Dance with Music and Instructions
Zombie Practice – Good to know
Lesson 1: Zombie March
Lesson 2: Shoulder Step & Booty-Bounce
Lesson 3: Jump Swim, Shuffle-Ha-Slide, Down-Ha
Lesson 4: Hip N’ Roar
Lesson 5: Wuz Up
Lesson 6: Oh Snap Rock On
Lesson 7: Head N’ Shoulders Knees and Toes
Lesson 8: Stomp
Whole Package with more explanation, transitions and details.
Whole Package Part II
Dance With Me – Full Dance
Dance With Me – Full Dance at Regular Speed

My All-time favorite thrill would have to be the famous Tibetan (?) Zombie Prison Uprising:

A Cleaner Way to Clean Electronics

To everyone’s shock, an acquaintance/friend died two years ago. This woman was seemingly healthy, in a happy relationship, with many friends, and until the day of her death no one suspected that she was addicted to inhaling toxic duster cans. I shouldn’t say “no one” because her soulmate knew but was still shocked by the death that took place in the parking lot of the store where the last cans of toxin were purchased.

Once my own personal trauma regarding the friend’s death subsided, I thought to myself, There must be a healthier way to clean computers that won’t cause more addictions or death. Something that won’t cause harm, that retailers don’t have to lock behind a counter.

If you know someone who is addicted to inhalants or “huffing” anything, it is important to get them help immediately. Please click this link and get professional help.

Once I’d done a little research on the subject and the effects of the products, I would not even use the cans in my office to clean equipment; I would take the machines and the cans outside and clean them on the grass. Still, I couldn’t stand the thought of what poisons were getting pumped into the atmosphere. To further the environmental destruction, these cans are not friendly. They’re not even recyclable.

I was pleased to find an alternative to the cans of toxic death. The Electric Duster from DataVac works just as well as the toxic can. And I will only need one for years. I can use it in my office, easily and safely. Yes, dust still flies up all over my office but I have a hand-held vacuum that I can hold up simultaneously. And as far as I know, no one has died from it.