Jim’s WebLetter for 6/29/13

Hi-ya friends and neighbors!
You know what I was doing prior to writing this WebLetter?  Changing my passwords.  No, I didn’t get hacked and yes, I remembered the old ones.  I have learned that software designed to break password codes continues to improve and if someone with that software decides to pick on your account – whether it’s a bank or even a Facebook account, the software can find it and give its user access.  So, just as a regular practice, I change my passwords.  
There are a few password checkers online to give you an idea of how you’re doing with coming up with something better than what you currently have.  Among them is HowSecureIsMyPassword.net.  It changes color as you add characters to the blank.  You will also get, sometimes humorously, a commentary on your entry.  Just keep this in mind, it’s not the answer to your password hopefuls, just a suggestion.  CNET’s Sharon Vaknin shows you how to create secure passwords and a place to safely store them.  http://youtu.be/jguvBhloGHI
Every day we are seeing the use of cellphones as a means of recording and sharing events taking place around us.   We don’t have to depend on the professional media to report the details as everyone with a smartphone can take photos and videos and upload them to social media.  Today, because of it’s increased importance, YouTube now receives upwards of 100 hours of video every minute.  Twitter’s video program Vine allows for 6 seconds of video shot and uploaded, and now Facebook’s Instagram lets you record 15 seconds of video for sharing.  The list is growing as more video programs become available for Android and IOS phones.   Citizens are reshaping the news as this story from ReadWriteWeb affirms … http://readwrite.com/2013/06/28/citizen-captured-videos-reshaping-news
This week, an article by Eric Deier for PC World explains why you want to be extra careful when using an open source wi-Fi hotspot.  In the story, he showed how he used programs to grab other users’ information simply by logging in while they were connected.  He also lists safety do’s in his article.   This is worth reading … http://www.pcworld.com/article/2043095/heres-what-an-eavesdropper-sees-when-you-use-an-unsecured-wi-fi-hotspot.html#lsrc.twt_pcworld
Uncrate.com is a gadget guide for men.  The products listed are definitely geared toward the techno-loving male. The site features new products for iPhone, personal stereos, desktop computing, car accessories, and more.  You may find something here for dad and Father’s Day.  http://uncrate.com/
=== HuMoR ===
During the last session of our teaching workshop, participants were asked to state their personal goals for the immediate future. 
One teacher vowed to update photo albums, another to lose weight. The goal that got the most response, however, was given by a slightly out-of-shape kindergarten teacher. 
“I resolve to exercise until I can complete a 20-minute workout in less than an hour,” she said.
(thanks, Debby)
One of our regular patrons, a truck driver, entered the cafe where I worked and hobbled painfully over to a table. 
“What happened?” I asked. 
“I hurt my back at work,” he explained with a grimace. 
“Gee, I thought those rigs were equipped with cushioned seats, air springs and swivel controls,” I said. 
“The seats are great,” he confirmed. “It’s the ground that hurts … I fell out of my truck.”
(thanks, Brian)
That’s this week’s WebLetter, friends.  Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.
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