DryCreek They gamble on people feeling guilty and paying out of fear.
I agree with DryCreek.
The password that got hacked on one of my accounts now has a Bio-Hazard symbol and I can't access the site so I assume the hackers took over the whole site. I haven't used that site in 10 years and I am guessing the site owner didn't have a strong password.
Reusing passwords is a really bad idea. Using simple passwords is also a really bad idea. Trying to remember a ton of complex, unique passwords is also a really bad idea.
A good idea... use a password safe like 1Password, SplashID, etc. to store your passwords securely. The better ones have browser plug-ins that will automatically paste in the site’s password for you once you enter the code to unlock the password safe. And they will sync between your laptop, phone, tablet, etc. - because losing this file makes for a Really Bad Day.
If you do this, then it makes a lot of sense to use super-strong, random passwords, like 20 characters long. You’re just copy & pasting, so make it count! And no reason not to make every site it’s own password.
Then, the only passwords you need to remember are the ones to unlock the password program, your laptop, and your phone. You can remember 3 really good passwords, like 1YellowBird&Snuffleupagus!
Last Edit: Nov 10, 2019 18:28:27 GMT -5 by DryCreek
I run this program before and after every Internet session. Why so often? It supposedly wipes out the tracking cookies(?) websites place on your computer and more important to me, websites that you never thought had the privilege of tracking you.
I do not have a Facebook, twitter, or Amazon accounts but they all show up as tracking agencies. I do not use Microsoft Explorer but they track me.
Just using the CCleaner in a basic mode claims to remove the trackers but they are back almost every time I start a new Internet session.
It is probably a long redundant site then. I hope I am blackmail proof as I really do not give a stuff what people think of me. It is the old saying, dog bites man is not news, man bites dog is. Midfle aged guy jerks off to internet porn, yawn.
I logged on to my email account today and 56 different companies are following me on the Internet. I suggest that everyone should have Privacy Badger add on. Others privacy add ons are Ghostery (49 tracking me) and Privacy Possum
Privacy Badger was developed by the "Electronic Frontier Foundation
This is not about computer security but about making your computer a little faster.
Someone gave me a desktop computer that was painfully slow. I erased everything and started over with a new Windows 10 (W10) install and then because W10 has many features I would never use, I deleted those features with a highly recommended program "Revo uninstaller." That helped process (new W10 + getting rid of the bloat wear) but the computer was still slow. I added RAM from 4 GB to 8GB. That helped a little. Next I changed the traditional hard drive with spinning disks to an Intel brand solid state drive. That helped a little more. Changing the CPU was next possible change but it is soldered to the mother board. There is only so much speed with a person can get out of a 1.6 mHz CPU. I bought all of the parts used so I have less than $40 in the computer.
I also decided to change the hard drive in my main computer and replace it with a new $40 250GB PNY SC900 brand SSD (solid state drive). now things are really fast to load and to switch between programs or tasks.
There were several hard drive cloning programs advertised as "free" but only one was actually "free" and worked. It was "Macrium Reflect."
I am self taught so no expert but I will advise and endorse a few of my "go-to" programs which I download from www.filepums.com
Skip using the "pro" versions, Look for and UN-click the options, do not select or unselect the "start at boot" option. Starting at boot slows down your computer. Do not agree to send feedback. The less data you send the better.
CCleaner (run daily) Glary Utilities (run daily) Revo uninstaller (use instead of windows program removal) Super Antispyware (not required if you run CCleaner and Glary Utilities everyday) Macrium Reflect (only when you need to clone a harddrive.
I use malwarebytes (MWB) about once or twice a month in manual mode. I had a paid version for a year that ran all of the time but I didn't see the need to have it running all of the time. It might have blocked a suspected malware intrusion once in the year I had it running all of the time.
CCleaner I think, mostly removes temporary files and doesn't do what MWB does. Many place a person visits on the Internet install temp files on your computer. I used Superantispyware on friends computer and found over 3,000 files that supposedly track and report back to companies to say what you looked at. I dislike anyone following my Internet usage. When I use CCleaner at the end of the day or in the middle of the day, I very rarely have anything show up when I run Superantispyware so maybe once a month I run Superantispyware just to be sure no company is following and my computer is not reporting where I go on the internet. CCleaned does not eliminate the companies that are following me in live following mode. Right nowPrivacy Badger shows 5 different companies are following me while I am on ILIASM. On other sites, up to 35 companies might be live following me and everyone else that is on that particular site.
The Glary Utilities program is my favorite program. Glary has a feature that tells me if a new version of several programs has been released. It is also good for many other things too numerous to mention here. All programs have a learning curve so it takes time to get the benefits of each program.
I use Windows Defender anti-virus because I was to;d by my computer professional friend and some other people in the know, some of the companies that make other anti-virus programs are not as fast at discovering computer virus.
On my house phone I have spam blocker running at the phone company level, but that is another annoyance I have to deal with. Five to ten nuisance calls a day are eliminated.
When I first started using computers I bought the programs and many of the up-dated in the software market. I became very disappointed with up-dates so I rarely buy the big company name up-dates. I used to somewhat own programs and now companies want to rent you the software for a year. I am still running software I bought in 2000 but I update all of the free stuff very regularly. I do buy new tax software every year but my record keeping / business software is from 2010 and 2011.
I am tempted to add an SSD drive for Win10 and programs but I am too lazy and it takes too much time probably. I'm okay with waiting for win10 to start up and programs to switch. It might be personality defect of mine. If it ain't broke...
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