Change your password, change your life

I heard a story on a Sparks podcast recently about Mauricio Estrella. He was going through a difficult time in his life, he was getting divorced, he was depressed and one day he went into his office and his computer greets him with “Your password has expired.
Click ‘Change password’ to change your password” in, as he puts it, an angry Grandpa voice.
He was in no mood for this, but for some reason, he remembered a tip from a former boss. His boss used his password as to-do lists. So out of nowhere, Mauricio typed. Forgive@h3r. Forgive her. He had to type it every time his screen saver went on, every time he booted up his computer, and little by little he felt that it was worming it’s way into his subconscious.
He’s been using this now for awhile. It’s helped him quit smoking Quit@smoking4ever, save money for a trip Save4trip@thailand.

He says that you must make sure your goals are realistic and make sure there is a way to measure your success.

Check out his full story, it is a great idea, and it may even make your passwords stronger!

Heartbleed – how it works, what to do

By now, everyone has heard of the Heartbleed Bug and how it is affecting security all over the world.

Heartbleed explanation - from xkcd.comHow does it work?

Here is a comic that explains how it works.  It basically asks for various responses from your computer, and then tricks it by asking for something like Hat, but telling your computer that Hat has 500 letters, and your computer responds by giving the word hat, and then the next 500 characters after wherever it finds the word hat.  It then hopes that it gets some good information that you have, that comes after the word “hat”.

How to protect yourself.

Lots of Social Media companies, banks etc are contacting customers about changing their passwords.  Here is a great article from Mashable that gives those companies responses.  If in doubt, ask!


If you have many, many passwords and either use the same password or have many and find it hard to remember them all, there is a company called Lastpass as LastPassword (you’ll ever need).  You can get a free version or an affordable version at

Check sites you use

If you want to check individual sites to see if they have been affected, you can use this tool here.

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