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Take These 7 Steps Now to Reach Password Perfection
December 9, 2017 12:33 pm|Comments (0)

Your passwords are a first line of defense against many internet ills, but few people actually treat them that way: Whether it’s leaning on lazy Star Wars references or repeating across all of your accounts—or both—everyone is guilty of multiple password sins. But while they’re an imperfect security solution to begin with, putting in your best effort will provide an immediate security boost.

Don’t think of the following tips as suggestions. Think of them as essentials, as important to your daily life as brushing your teeth or eating your vegetables. (Also, eat more vegetables.)

1. Use a password manager. A good password manager, like 1Password or LastPass, creates strong, unique passwords for all of your accounts. That means that if one of your passwords does get caught up in a data breach, criminals won’t have the keys to the rest of your online services. The best ones sync across desktop and mobile, and have autocomplete powers. Now, rather than having to memorize dozens of meticulously crafted passwords, you just have to remember one master key. How do you make it as robust as possible? Read on.

2. Go long. Despite what all those prompts for unique characters and uppercase letters might have you believe, length matters more than complexity. Once you get into the 12-15 character range, it becomes way harder for a hacker to brute force, much less guess, your password. One caveat: Don’t just string together pop culture references or use simple patterns. Mix it up! Live a little! A quick for instance: “[email protected]$ ” does you way less favors than “chitown banana skinnydip.”

3. Keep ’em separated. If and when you do deploy those special characters—which, if you opt against a password manager, lots of input fields will force you to—try not to bunch them all together at the beginning or end. That’s what everyone else does, which means that’s what bad guys are looking for. Instead, space them out throughout your password to make the guesswork extra tricky.

4. Don’t change a thing. You know how your corporate IT manager keeps making you change your password every three months? Your corporate IT manager is wrong. The less often you change your password, the less likely you are to forget it, or to fall into patterns—like just changing a number at the end each time—that make them easier to crack.

5. Single-serve only. If you’re on the password manager train, you’re already all over this. But if you can’t be bothered, at the very least make sure that you don’t reuse passwords across different accounts. If you do, a retailer breach you have no control over could end up costing your banking password. See for yourself: The website Have I Been Pwned has nearly 5 billion compromised accounts on file—if yours is one of them, there’s a chance your favorite password might already be toast.

6. Don’t trust your browser. A convenient shortcut to remembering all those passwords, or getting a paid password manager account, is letting your browser remember them for you. You’ve seen the option yourself. You probably even use it on at least one site. Don’t! The option is convenient, but the underpinning security is often undocumented, and it doesn’t require that your password actually be, you know, good. If you need a free and easy option, go with a password manager like Dashlane instead of trusting everything to Chrome.

7. Add two-factor too. Hate to say it, but these days not even a password is enough. Many of the services you use today—social networks, banks, Google, and so on—offer an added layer of protection. It can come in the form of a code sent to your phone via SMS, or if you want to step it up, through software solutions like Google Authenticator or hardware like a YubiKey. SMS should be enough for most people; just know that like many entry level security precautions, it’s not perfect.

The Wired Guide to Digital Security


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Thyssenkrupp steps up 3D printing operations
September 1, 2017 3:43 pm|Comments (0)

MUELHEIM AN DER RUHR, Germany (Reuters) – Thyssenkrupp (TKAG.DE) opened a 3D printing center in the industrial heartland of western Germany on Friday as part of its efforts to tap into an expanding market.

Thyssenkrupp has invested upwards of a million euros in the center, which operates two 3D printers, one for plastic and one for metal components, Chief Executive Heinrich Hiesinger said.

Hiesinger estimated the value of the overall market for such products was as high as around 20 billion euros ($ 23.8 billion) in annual sales, adding the German company was keen on accessing it through industries, including aviation, automotive and energy.

“If we take all our sectors we would cover about half of that, which does not mean that we can service this market right away. But its the arena where we will be able to start to deliver to customers,” Hiesinger said.

Some industrial components such as airline or wind-turbine parts can now be made by 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, in which objects are printed in layers directly from a computer design instead of being cut out of blocks of material.

($ 1 = 0.8415 euros)

Reporting by Christoph Steitz; Editing by Keith Weir

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4 Simple Steps to Write a Better Professional Bio
August 29, 2017 2:00 pm|Comments (0)

I make my living as a writer. Yet, every single time I’m asked to submit a professional bio for something, I end up tearing my hair out.

You too? It’s tough. Summarizing yourself in a few concise sentences — that still manage to pack a punch, no less — presents a unique challenge that’s usually enough to have you staring slack-jawed at that blinking text cursor. Plus, writing in the third person can be just plain awkward.

But, after having to scribble out my fair share of bio attempts, I think that I’ve finally landed on a formula that helps me quickly pull something together that’s impactful, memorable, and — perhaps most importantly — easy.

1. Start with what you do.

This part’s obvious. Any sort of professional bio or elevator pitch won’t bury the lead — it’ll start by explicitly stating who you are and what you do.

While it can be tempting to rely on buzzwords or flowery language to add some extra interest to your bio, a better strategy is to explain your role in as clear of terms as possible. Remember that your bio is a piece of your brand and reputation, so you don’t want any doubt that it’s sending the right message.

If necessary, your opening sentence is also a great place to touch on your geographic location, if that’s important or relevant.

What This Looks Like: “Kat is a Wisconsin-based freelance writer specializing in career and self-development advice.”

2. Explain why you do it.

Typically, saying what you do isn’t quite enough to provide the whole picture. The very purpose of your bio is to give people a greater understanding of who you are, and that typically goes beyond the basics.

One way that you can do this — without going way beyond the character constraints of a notoriously short bio — is to talk about what drew you to that particular position or career field.

In addition to what inspired your career, you can also go one step further and discuss not only what you do, but also who you do it for. Everybody has a target customer or audience, and sharing yours can bring some much-needed clarity.

What This Looks Like: “After discovering a love of writing at an early age, she soon realized that brands and businesses could use the content she loved creating to engage and enlighten their own audiences.”

3. Touch on your most notable accomplishments.

Of course, you want your bio to be impressive — which means it’s the perfect place to pull out some of your most noteworthy accomplishments.

Whether it’s an award or recognition you received, a certification or degree you obtained, or something else entirely, dedicate one sentence of your bio to touting a few of the amazing things you’ve achieved.

What This Looks Like: “Today, her work has been published by numerous notable publications, including Inc., Forbes, Fast Company, Business Insider, TIME, and many others.”

4. Add a little personality.

In most cases, your bio needs to be professional. However, that doesn’t mean that it needs to be stiff and cold.

People reading your bio are interested in learning more about you as a professional, yes. But, they’re also curious about you as a whole person.

So, don’t be afraid to inject a little personality and touch on a few of the things you like to do when you aren’t accomplishing big things in your career. It serves to make your bio a little less formal, and a little more personable.

What This Looks Like: “When she’s not hard at work on her next article, Kat enjoys reading, kayaking, golfing, baking, and spoiling her rescued terrier mutt.”

There you have it. Put those pieces together in order, and you’ll have a concise and impactful bio to use — with little stress required.


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Shoot 360 Video Like a Pro in 6 Simple Steps
June 26, 2017 4:25 am|Comments (0)

Shoot 360 Video Like a Pro in 6 Simple Steps

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