We take security and your privacy very seriously.


We take security and your privacy very seriously.

If you have not yet done so please change your passwords on the web sites you have accounts with. There recently has been a group of hackers that published millions of email addresses and passwords on the internet. We know from experience that many of our customers reuse their passwords on several web sites. If this is your practice (or not) it is good practice to periodically change your passwords and use what they call strong passwords. Not passwords like ohio1978 which are the easiest ones to figure out.

I have several methods we can suggest for storing your passwords safely. The problem is remembering all those passwords. Instead of writing them on post-its and keeping them near your computer or cached in your web browser for the world to hack. I have a suggestion or two that works well for me.

First organize them on an Excel Document. To keep this document safe purchase either a Transcend Electronics or SanDisk usb drive. Both these companies have free file encryption software that can be used specifically on their hardware. Once setup you will only have one password to remember, the one that accesses your usb drive. In the event your drive is lost or stolen your Excel Document is encrypted and without your password the drive is useless.

Another method I use is KeePass Password Safe. A very reliable and free encryption vault. This software can be downloaded from KeePass.info both of these methods require you to cut and paste your password when needed. But keep in mind, the 30 seconds you loose in this exercise will gain you peace of mind and a secure password list.

If this is confusing try writing your passwords down in a notebook and keeping it in that heavy safe you keep in your bedroom. Identity theft is a hot topic these days. One of the things I did which even reduced my junk mail and credit card offers was to join LifeLock.com. My wife and I both subscribed to LifeLock years ago.

In addition to securing your passwords you should have your credit card and bank account phone numbers handy. In the event you notice suspicious activity on one of your account you can call your bank and have it looked into immediately.

It is always good to have a plan. Don’t be forced to react rather respond decisively when problems arise  Keep safe, Keep computing!