Lots of people have asked me recently about how to choose secure passwords. Not only does this article show you some of the most common passwords in use (don’t EVER use any of those! 🙂 ) but includes a short video with some easy tips on how to create a secure, yet memorable, password.
Centuries before the self-help movements began, people already understood the basic need to better themselves. Benjamin Franklin created what we would call a “to-do” list of 13 areas of his life he wanted to improve; he even charted his progress weekly. I think everyone will find at least a few of these familiar. It’s heartening to learn that even the best of us are human — we all struggle against some of the same tendencies as those of our ancestors.
OK, so the new “Social Web” features of Facebook really scare me. I do NOT want FB silently collecting more information about me than I already share with it…and I do NOT want FB to “personalize” my experience on the web based on my and my friends’ preferences. As a start you can disable the new “OpenGraph” feature which collects all this data (of course FB has enabled this “feature” for everyone by default!).
How I wish I’d found this extension earlier! Often I need to copy text directly from my browser into another document or other web page. But most of the time the automatic copy picks up all the HTML formatting code along with the text. That’s fine if I really want the formatting along for the ride, but more often I need to purge the markup code before I paste the text content into my next application. The only certain way I knew of to do this was by pasting my content into a plain text editor, recopying, and pasting to the final location. But if you use Firefox or Internet Explorer to do your browsing, there’s a really cool extension called Extended Copy Menu 1.6 that adds copying options to your right-click menu. Read more “Copy and Paste from the Web — With or Without Markup”