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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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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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Changing Your View May Lead You to Solutions

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“The voyage of two landscapes lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes.” -Proust

 

Seeing with new eyes involves viewing things with a clean slate. Drop pre-concieved ideas, discard past results and failures, release expectations and question assumptions and habits. It’s hard. It’s hard to let go of what we know, but it’s necessary if we truly want to open our minds to new and creative solutions.

Some quick, but important questions to consider…

How can I see with new eyes?

What do I need to see with new eyes?

Maybe everything…

Do I really want this career I’m in?

Do I really want the stress and pressure of being self-employed?

Am I being the person in this relationship that I really want to be?

Have I created the situation I’m in?

Am I’m making assumptions?

Am I placing the blame on someone else where I bear responsibility?

What are my expectations?

What do I truly want?

Is this healthy for me?

How could I think about this differently?

How might I act differently?

The answers just may surprise you if you take the time to honestly open your eyes in a new way…

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Why You Need To Think Before You Speak

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Often we think we speak without thinking, words rushing out of our mouths before we even have a chance to consider the truth, intention, and value of them.

The whole point of words is to communicate something, some information, some feeling, and the intent and usefulness of those words is lost if we don’t consider them before we speak them.

Try to catch yourself throughout the day, with just a brief pause before you speak and ask yourself these three very simple questions:

Is my thought or my words true?

Is it really true? Do I know it to be true or could it be speculation?

Often we accept our thoughts and our words as truth before even really considering whether they are fact-based or simply conjecture.

Is my thought or my words kind?

Remember that old saying, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

Consider that. Sometimes we do have to express anger or disappointment, bring attention to a wrong, or argue our point. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still be kind, considerate, and respectful in our words. Words don’t have to be critical, mean, or judgmental to make their point, quite the opposite, that will cause people to shut down, turn away, or be defensive, none of which are conducive to real connection and communication.

Is my thought or my words necessary?

If what I’m thinking or saying isn’t useful or helpful then what’s the point? I’m just wasting my time, energy, focus and brainpower on thoughts and words that have no value.

It’s really very simple. Pause before you speak and ask yourself if what you’re going to say is true, kind, and necessary. If it’s not, try keeping it to yourself. Or even better let the thought go altogether, because it’s probably not serving you either.

Life’s too short to waste your words on something hurtful.

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What Would You Do if You Had One Month to Live?

What would you do differently if you only had one month to live? Would you change jobs or leave relationship? Would you apologize or be more caring to others? Would you take a risk you’ve always wanted to take? Everyone’s answer will be different. The book One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life by Kerry & Chris Shook can help you answer those questions and guide you along that journey of changing the way you live your life.

From the book:

“Be brutally honest with yourself. Your time on earth is limited. Shouldn’t you start making the most of it? If you knew you had one month to live, you would look at everything from a different perspective. Many of the things you do now that seem so important would immediately become meaningless. You would have total clarity about what matters most, and you wouldn’t hesitate to be spontaneous and risk your heart. You wouldn’t wait until tomorrow to do what you need to do today. The way you lived that month would be the way you wished you had lived your whole life.

If you knew you had one month to live, your life would be radically transformed. But why do we wait until we’re diagnosed with cancer or we lose a loved one to accept this knowledge and allow it to free us? Don’t we want all that life has to offer? Don’t we want to fulfill the purpose for which we were created? Wouldn’t life be a lot more satisfying if we lived this way?

I’m challenging you to start living your life as though you have one month to live, and I’ve designed this book to help you. There are four universal principles in the one-month-to-live lifestyle: to live passionately, to love completely, to learn humbly, and to leave boldly. I’ve divided this book into four sections or “weeks” accordingly, and I encourage you to live these next thirty days as if they were your last.”

I find this book to be fascinating, thought-provoking and inspiring. Happy reading! What will you do with your one month?

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