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Account Security - Making a Secure Password

Most common passwords 2018 Making a Secure Password If you use any of the passwords in the lists above (or anything close to them), this post is for you. Even if you think you've got a strong password I'd ask you to keep reading, as many people have the wrong idea about what makes up a strong password. It's been stated for years to use capital letters, numbers, special characters, and not your pet's name as a password. This is true for Facebook logins, company domain logins, and even bank account logins. I believe it's simply human nature -- we're given a set of requirements with the expectation that if we follow them then our password is secure. Then we create the easiest, most memorable passwords that meet those requirements and don't think twice about it believing we're all set. While not on the "top 15 most common" list, what usually results from these requirements is something like "FacebookPassword123!" or worse &qu

Creating a Professional Online Presence

While I've read tech blogs and articles for years, the idea that I should start my own and that it might provide some benefits never crossed my mind. There are thousands out there and it's not as if I expect to become famous writing one - so what's the point?  Proof An online presence that anyone can view (in addition to a resume and LinkedIn profile) shows that someone is active in their field and provides a level of transparency to their activity. This applies whether you're interviewing, sharing knowledge with colleagues, or explaining to a friend what exactly it is you do. Is a resume or LinkedIn profile sufficient for most people? Sure, it has been for me so far. As anyone who's interviewed knows - a lot of people seem fantastic on paper, but they can seem like a totally different person when you speak with them. Even in the case that someone has a great resume and a great interview, an online presence can provide easily accessible examples of work a