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How Secure Are Your Passwords?

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Likely answer. Not very.

According to security reports as many as 90% of all passwords are vulnerable to hacking…pretty easily. Why? Because hackers and hacking programs have become incredibly intelligent…and we have become incredibly complacent.

The good news is that it’s not that hard to create stronger passwords, (just make sure you can remember them) that will give you added security from an internet attack.

I found some good advice on creating more secure passwords – no sense in re-creating the wheel when good info already exists…

Password Protection: How to Create Strong Passwords via pcmag.com

Creating strong passwords is easier than you think via infoworld.com – some great tips on password reset questions here as well.

Want to know how secure your password is? How Secure is My Password will tell you how long it will take a computer to figure out your password…

Shockingly my older password would have only taken 11 minutes! That’s scary. The newer one that I had started using would take 275 days…better, but I’m not taking chances…

Using the tips on these websites, I’m now good for 4 million years…or until the hackers get more sophisticated…which is probably about 6 months…

And one last word of caution…DON’T trust your browser to remember your passwords! Just recently, it was discovered that Google was not encrypting its Chrome users’ passwords…crazy.

If you need help remembering passwords (and I sure do,) use a Secure Password Manager like LastPass (which I personally use,) or RoboForm.

My disclaimer…NOTHING is perfectly secure. But with a little bit of effort we can at least make the hacker’s job a bit harder…and maybe we can sleep a little better at night.

How secure are your passwords? 

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How Do You Deal With the Elephant? And Why It’s Important

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Just think about this for a minute. Think about how you react when faced with a situation where there is an obvious “elephant in the room.” You know what I’m referring to – unresolved conflicts, difficult conversations, hard feelings, anger, embarrassment, hurt feelings, touchy subjects, things that make you fidget internally (maybe externally too.)

It’s that uncomfortable “thing” that’s there, you can’t see it, but you can sure feel it.

How do you behave? What are you thinking? What’s your strategy for getting through the discomfort?

We pretty much fall into 3 camps.

The Evader“If I ignore it, it’ll just go away.” To this person the thought of conflict causes a great deal of anxiety. They prefer to leave it alone and live with the discomfort. Perhaps they’re afraid of the consequences, perhaps they simply don’t know what to do.

Either way they turn away from the elephant and try to pretend he’s not there – sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t…

The Prompter“This must be resolved. It’s driving me nuts. I have to do something.” To this person anything unresolved or uncomfortable that’s left hanging out there is a source of great frustration and anxiety, a thorn in the side.

They can’t rest until the elephant is addressed…so they poke it to prompt a dialogue, sometimes with a gentle nudge to start the conversation, sometimes with a sharp jab to get the elephant’s full attention. Again sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t – resolution or escalation…

The Accepter “I really don’t need to address this.” This person believes either the elephant is not a big deal, it’s not their responsibility, there is nothing they can do to resolve the issue or it’s simply not the appropriate circumstance. This is different from avoiding or ignoring. This person accepts that the elephant is there, but has intellectually determined that it does not require addressing for whatever reason.

What differentiates this person from their cousin, The Evader, is that there is no anxiety, only acknowledgement. It certainly seems that this strategy would be less stressful, but there is a risk of evasion being masked as acceptance and a reluctance to act even when appropriate. It’s a balancing act and again sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

One is not necessarily better than the other; it’s often a matter of personality, priorities and communication style.

But the reality is that the way we deal with the elephant in the room is also the way we handle life in general. (Feel free to Tweet that.)

So the question to be asked is not whether your style and strategy is wrong or right, but whether it best serves you. Does it cause or alleviate stress? Does it help get the results you want or interfere?

Something to think about…

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Spot On: The Nature of Ambition

 

Humorous and so true…The Nature of Ambition through the eyes of Grant Snider over at INCIDENTAL COMICS… I thought it was spot on. You be the judge…

 

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Words and Pictures by Grant Snider

 

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A Better Career Goal: Happiness

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There are two ways of being happy– either diminish your wants or expand your means.

It’s our natural instinct to want to be happy. But remember, happiness is not merely a destination, but a path we take through the journey of life. No one else can make you happy. Only you can do that.

A famous saying…though I have no idea who said it…Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.

Make yourself happy first, your family second.

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.

If you want happiness for a day, go on picnic.

If you want happiness for a week, go on a vacation.

If you want happiness for month, get married.

If you want happiness for a year, inherit wealth.

If you want, happiness for lifetime learn to love what you do for living.

Feel free to substitute in whatever makes you happy, but the point is what you do for work and how happy you are doing it has a huge impact on your overall level of happiness…and health.

Notice though…that it says “learn to love what you do for a living.” you may not start out loving it or be able to choose to work at something you love, but try to learn to love what you do as much as you can.

How have you learned to love your job? Or do you hate it…

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The Most Important Question You Can Ever Ask

Some may argue the most important question is “What am I here for?”

But I think it’s actually…

“What can I learn today?”

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Because in reality you cannot answer any of the other important questions in life if you’re not seeking to learn, learn about yourself, learn about others, and the world and life itself.

Think of the journey of life as a learning project. But not in the way of “What’s wrong with me?” More in the way of harnessing your learning as a way to explore your greater potential.

This learning paradigm does not presume anything is wrong with you; it says simply that there are things you can learn to make your life, your relationships, and your work more satisfying, more easeful and more productive.

As you move through your day, in fact, as you go throughout the weeks, months, and years of your life, return often to the question “What do I most need to learn right now?”

And realize that your journey is not about being right or better than anyone else; it’s really about learning what most needs to be learned.

Care to share what you’ve learned today?

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