Friday, May 30, 2014

Don't Lose you hard earned Art Money

I don't know about you but as artist we are always getting email from sent by scammers. One that I get the most is I am a 12 year old taking an art class and I love your work, we have a class assignment ti interview an artist. Could you give me the following information:
Where you Were Born
Went to School
Mothers Name
Pets Name
And so on....

The 25 Riskiest Passwords

Here are the 25 most common passwords of 2012, along with the change in rank from last year.
 1. password (Unchanged)
 2, 123456 (Unchanged)
 3. 12345678 (Unchanged)
 4. abc123 (Up 1)
 5. qwerty (Down 1)
 6. monkey (Unchanged)
 7. letmein (Up 1)
 8. dragon (Up 2)
 9. 111111 (Up 3)
 10. baseball (Up 1)
 11. iloveyou (Up 2)
 12. trustno1 (Down 3)
 13. 1234567 (Down 6)
 14. sunshine (Up 1)
 15. master (Down 1)
 16. 123123 (Up 4)
 17. welcome (New)
 18. shadow (Up 1)
 19. ashley (Down 3)
 20. football (Up 5)
 21. jesus (New)
 22. michael (Up 2)
 23. ninja (New)
 24. mustang (New)
 25. password1 (New)
 Using passwords like these will significantly increase your risk of identity and other theft. password (Most popular and easily hacked.)

Tips for making more secure passwords:

 Include punctuation marks and/or numbers.
Mix capital and lowercase letters.

 Include similar looking substitutions, such as the number zero for the letter 'O' or '$' for the letter 'S'.
Create a unique acronym.
 Include phonetic replacements, such as 'Luv2Laf' for 'Love to Laugh'.

 Don't: Don't reuse passwords for multiple important accounts, such as Gmail and online banking.

Don't use a password that is listed as an example of how to pick a good password.

 Don't use a password that contains personal information (name, birth date, etc.)

 Don't use words or acronyms that can be found in a dictionary.

 Don't use keyboard patterns (asdf) or sequential numbers (1234).

Don't make your password all numbers, uppercase letters or lowercase letters.

Don't use repeating characters (aa11).

 Tips for keeping your password secure: Never tell your password to anyone (this includes significant others, roommates, parrots, etc.).

* Never write your password down.

* Never send your password (or your credit card or bank account info) by email. Sounds obvious, but if I had a dollar for every time someone did this, well, I'd have lot of extra cash.

Email is not secure. It's like writing your passwords on the back of a postcard and mailing it.

 Periodically test your current password and change it to a new one, at least four times a year.

 Don't let your computer "remember" your passwords. Yeah, I know it's easier than remembering them, but you don't want that info stored where someone (other than you) can get at it.

* About the "don't write them down or tell them to anyone" part: I have so many passwords that I can't possibly remember them all, so I keep them in a password-protected file. Of course, I made the password to that file especially difficult and named the file with something that has nothing to do with passwords (I didn't call it "Passwords").


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