How to Create a Better Password

| September 2, 2008

The issue with random passwords in everyday use, of course, is the balance between a good password and something you can remember. For the sake of memory, people often use their pet’s name, their middle name, birth or other significant date, old address, a favorite character, song, or movie title. In a previous article, we [...]

What makes a Better Password?

| September 2, 2008

A strong password, sometimes described as a robust password, should consist of mixed characters, including uppercase, lowercase, punctuation, numbers and symbols. And longer passwords are better than shorter passwords. Here is an example of a really good password: $VKRudAn|*xmD4@hepF-AhmGO+*”iJ42EODYL~0Mr]FN2cIxM Obviously, you can’t use a password like that to log into eBay, so let’s back up [...]

What makes a Password Secure?

| September 2, 2008

Passwords are everywhere in this digital age, from logging onto your computer at home and work, to logging into websites, to entering a PIN (personal identification number) at the ATM. Passwords are a type of authentication. In other words, they are used to authenticate that you are who you say you are. But how do [...]

What is a Thumb Drive?

| August 17, 2008

A thumb drive is a portable data storage device. In computer parlance, it is known as a USB flash drive, but it can be known by a variety of mix and match descriptive names such as USB key, USB memory key, key drive, flash key, compact flash key, or compact flash drive. The names come [...]

What are Wi-Fi and WiMax?

| June 17, 2008

Wi-Fi and WiMAX are two types of wireless broadband connections used primarily for networked devices such as your laptop computer. Wireless connections allow devices to communicate across the network without having to be plugged in with a traditional Ethernet cable. Although some “smart phones” can connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi, cellphones generally use completely [...]

How do I Backup?

| June 16, 2008

Creating a backup is the process of saving a second copy of computer files. Although you might think that your computer files are safely stored on your hard drive, there are many different scenarios in which they can be lost, such as: your laptop gets lost or stolen your computer gets damaged your computer gets [...]

Deceptive Ad Boxes

| February 10, 2008

Advertising boxes, especially the pop-up kind, sometimes try to deceive you about the links in the ad. For instance, they might have one affirmative button that says Click Here or Yes or Try me or Install Now and then a separate negative button that says No Thanks or Close. However, both buttons can easily be [...]

Adware or Spyware?

| February 8, 2008

Also read about Hardware, Software, and other Ware. Adware Adware is a type of software that is part of some other software application, designed to display advertisements via the Web. In most cases, the adware is included in free software packages to offset the costs to the program developer. In other words, you get the [...]

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