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Morning Lineup – November 17

Saturday Morning – Some Things To Watch Out For

A fairly brief Lineup this morning, but there are a couple of warnings that I want to share with you.  First is still another item about choosing safe passwords for your dozens of accounts that demand them.  That list seems to keep on growing and the tendency is to pick 3 or 4 favorites to keep life simple for you, but you really know better than to do that.  Yet we all do it anyway.

In case you missed our more recent discussions on this, please take the time to review our postings from June 22 HERE, and our more recent chat on October 3 HERE.  Without going into detail just now, I want to direct you to another recent article that is worth taking a few minutes to read through.  It was published in the New York Times last week titled How to Devise Passwords That Keep Hackers Away.  Nicole Peruroth has a fascinating article that deserves to be read and re-read which includes this sample:

Within weeks, I set up unique, complex passwords for every Web site, enabled two-step authentication for my e-mail accounts, and even covered up my computer’s Web camera with a piece of masking tape — a precaution that invited ridicule from friends and co-workers who suggested it was time to get my head checked.

But recent episodes offered vindication. I removed the webcam tape — after a friend convinced me that it was a little much — only to see its light turn green a few days later, suggesting someone was in my computer and watching. More recently, I received a text message from Google with the two-step verification code for my Gmail account. That’s the string of numbers Google sends after you correctly enter the password to your Gmail account, and it serves as a second password. (Do sign up for it.) The only problem was that I was not trying to get into my Gmail account. I was nowhere near a computer. Apparently, somebody else was.

'Nuff said.   Read the entire ARTICLE HERE.

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The next recommended reading for today is an interesting website that I stumbled across the other day.  An enthusiastic fire buff named Ben Saladino has posted a Fire Truck Brand Spotting Guide that sure would come in handy when watching a parade or traveling through another town and seeing the lads responding to a call.  Ben has done a lot of work photographing as many different types of apparatus as he could, all of it current models.

You can visit his webpage HERE for a look around.  Click on the thumbnails to see the full-size images.

We need to visit our own full-size vehicles now and get this equipment checked out.  I'm heading for the Bunn-O-Matic to get ready for our session in the day room shortly.  See you there.

 

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