Death by Password

According to InformationWeek, IBM predicted back in 2011 that in five years we will not be using passwords to access secure resources like ATMs and computers. While we may be on our way to voice, fingerprint or eye recognition, we’re not there yet. And we’re stuck using passwords. My computer is a mess. I have too many unopened emails and too much clutter on the desktop. I need a week to get my photos organized and put on an external drive. All these are on my “round-to-it” list. However, one area that is NOT a mess or stress is managing my passwords. And I have a LOT of them! I use a little program that effortlessly manages them for me. I’m amazed when I see friends or colleagues struggle to remember passwords, look around their desk for various little pieces of papers, or use one or two passwords for everything they do online. Bad ideas! There are multiple little programs to keep track of your passwords. Some you buy; some are free. A password program works like this. You input all the web sites you visit that require a password. You either enter the password you want to use, or let the program generate one. You only have to memorize ONE PASSWORD! Then every time you visit a web site, you double click on that entry and the program does the rest; it brings up the site, enters your logon and password, and logs you into the site. No copying and pasting. No forgetting passwords ever again. Password managers are available for your computer, tablet and smartphone. I personally use 1Password on my Mac and iPhone. (It’s also available for PCs, Androids and iPads.) I easily sync all my passwords between my devices, so a change in...

Gratitude

Watch this beautiful short by video artist, Louie Schwartzberg. He motivates us by getting up close with nature. The video celebrates life, love, beauty, art, nature, and especially people. It draws me to the one who made it all. Nature is incredible. People (made in God’s image) are even more spectacular. We and nature were made for our enjoyment and the honor of the highest Being. “You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day, it’s the one day that is given to you, today. Its given to you; it’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now. And the only appropriate response, is gratefulness.” Spoken word and music montage created and composed by Gary Malkin. Narration written and spoken by Brother David Steindl-Rast....