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Passwords

November 25th, 2007
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I just saw a bulletin on MySpace that makes me want to rant here a little bit. It’s mostly dealing with passwords, but there are some other general PC security tips here as well.
First and foremost, create secure passwords. A good strong password will contain at least three of the following:

  • Upper Case Letters
  • Lower Case Letters
  • Numbers
  • Special Characters (such as & * % $, etc)

Sometimes system owners/administrators make it where special characters are not allowed. If the system will allow them, use them. It helps tremendously. There are also tips and tricks for creating passwords. For instance, never use part of your name, birthday, girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse/pet/children’s name or birthday. It also helps if you create some sort of sentence or phrase and use the letters of each word (and punctuation) to make your password. A good rule of thumb is to create at least an 8 character password as well. The longer the password, the harder it will be for someone to crack it.
Never store your passwords on shared PC’s/workstations. I know it’s very easy to just let the PC remember the password. But if it is a shared PC, then you’re asking for someone to come behind you and look at your info. Be mindful when storing passwords on non-shared PC’s as well. Remember, these PC’s can be stolen or hacked. This makes all your stored info vulnerable.
Never write your passwords down. If they are too complex to remember, then find another password. A password should never be too complex for the owner to remember. If you feel that you must write down the passwords, get a password storing program. Such programs encrypt the files that contain the passwords and require a password to open them. These types of programs are extremely helpful if one has lots of passwords to remember. I don’t have any experience with these programs. If you have any good info, please leave a comment.
Here are a few sites that contain good password creation tips/methods:
http://www.securitystats.com/tools/password.php
http://searchwindowssecurity.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid45_gci1044739,00.html
http://uit.tufts.edu/?pid=232
In addition, here are a couple of sites that will check the “strength” of a password:
http://www.securitystats.com/tools/password.php
http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/password/checker.mspx
Please leave your comments if you have any other password ideas to share!

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Speeding

November 20th, 2007

An older lady gets pulled over for speeding…
Older Woman: Is there a problem, Officer?
Officer: Ma’am, you were speeding.
Older Woman: Oh, I see.
Officer: Can I see your license please?
Older Woman: I’d give it to you but I don’t have one.
Officer: Don’t have one?
Older Woman: Lost it, 4 years ago for drunk driving.
Officer: I see…Can I see your vehicle registration papers please.
Older Woman: I can’t do that.
Officer: Why not?
Older Woman: I stole this car.
Officer: Stole it?
Older Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.
Officer: You what?
Older Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see
The Officer looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.
Officer 2: Ma’am, could you step out of your vehicle please! The woman steps out of her vehicle.
Older woman: Is there a problem sir?
Officer 2: One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.
Older Woman: Murdered the owner?
Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please.
The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.
Officer 2: Is this your car, ma’am?
Older Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers.
The officer is quite stunned.
Officer 2: One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license.
The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer.
The officer examines the license. He looks quite puzzled.
Officer 2: Thank you ma’am, one of my officers told me you didn’t have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner.
Older Woman: Bet the liar told you I was speeding, too.

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Confessions

November 20th, 2007

One Sunday, a priest asked one of the church janitor if he would cover his Confession shift for him — he said it was easy, since he had a sin list inside the booth which listed both sins and penance. The janitor agreed and took the booth early on Sunday morning. Soon people showed up.
“Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. I have committed adultery.”
“Adultery, eh?” the janitor said. “You sly devil. That’ll be three Hail Mary’s, plus five bucks.”
“Thank you, Father.” Another person came into the booth.
“Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. I have embezzled money from work.”
“Embezzlement, eh? Naughty, naughty. That’ll be 5 Hail Mary’s, plus fourteen bucks.”
“Thank you, Father.” This was easy, the janitor thought. Another person came into the booth.
“Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. I have committed the sin of oral sex.”
“Oral sex, huh?” He looked at the list, but didn’t see butt-sex there. So, he excused himelf to look for help. He found an alter boy hanging out on the steps of the church.
“Excuse me,” the janitor said. “What does Father Matthew give for oral sex?”
“Well,” said the boy, “usually just milk and cookies, but sometimes a Snickers.”

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Owning Hell

November 19th, 2007

Three small boys were bragging about their fathers.
The first boasted that his dad owned a farm.
The second said his dad owned a factory.
The third boy, a pastor’s son, replied: “That’s nothing’. My dad owns hell?”
“No way,” another boy scoffed. “How can a man own hell?”
“Sure he can,” the preacher’s son said. “My mom told my grandma that them elders of our church gave it to him last night.”

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Smart Pills

November 19th, 2007

One day two boys were walking through the woods when they saw some rabbit turds. One of the boys said, ”What is that?”
”They’re smart pills,” said the other boy. ”Eat them and they’ll make you smarter.
So he ate them and said, ”These taste like shit.”
”See,” said the other boy, ”you’re getting smarter already.”

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Difference

November 19th, 2007

Q: What”s the difference between a gynecologist and a geneologist?
A: One looks up the family tree, and the other looks up the family bush.

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How Soon?

November 19th, 2007

Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital.
One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there. Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled Ralph out.
When the Head Nurse became aware of Edna’s heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.
When she went to tell Edna the news she said, “Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you’re being discharged; since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of another patient, I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness. The bad news is, Ralph, the patient you saved, hung himself with his bathrobe belt in the bathroom. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.”
Edna replied “He didn’t hang himself. I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?”

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Man Shoots Himself with Nail Gun

November 19th, 2007

GLOUCESTER, England – A man who shot himself with a nail gun in Gloucester to get money was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in jail. David Russell, 38, claimed he was robbed by three men who shot him seven times with a two-inch nail gun. One of the nails nearly went through his heart and had to be removed surgically, The Times of London reports. Local investigators pressed Russell and he admitted to making a similar claim seven years before. In that scam he reportedly received 4,400 pounds ($9,000) in compensation.
The two men Russell said attacked him were arrested and later released. Russell pleaded guilty in the Gloucester Crown Court to two charges of perverting the course of justice. The newspaper reported the local prosecutor, Julian Kesner, described Russell as a “very convincing fantasist,” adding that he has “told the most audacious of lies, including concocting stories of being the victim of the most extraordinary crimes.” The defense, meanwhile, claimed Russell had tried to kill himself on both occasions.

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Man Shoots Himself with Nail Gun

November 19th, 2007

GLOUCESTER, England – A man who shot himself with a nail gun in Gloucester to get money was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in jail. David Russell, 38, claimed he was robbed by three men who shot him seven times with a two-inch nail gun. One of the nails nearly went through his heart and had to be removed surgically, The Times of London reports. Local investigators pressed Russell and he admitted to making a similar claim seven years before. In that scam he reportedly received 4,400 pounds ($9,000) in compensation.
The two men Russell said attacked him were arrested and later released. Russell pleaded guilty in the Gloucester Crown Court to two charges of perverting the course of justice. The newspaper reported the local prosecutor, Julian Kesner, described Russell as a “very convincing fantasist,” adding that he has “told the most audacious of lies, including concocting stories of being the victim of the most extraordinary crimes.” The defense, meanwhile, claimed Russell had tried to kill himself on both occasions.

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Bizarre Coincidences

November 19th, 2007

A distraught architect threw himself in front of a train in the London Underground in a suicide attempt. Luckily, the train stopped inches from his body; in fact, it had to be jacked off its tracks to allow his removal. When questioned, however, the driver informed officials he hadn’t stopped the train. An investigation revealed that one of the passengers, unaware of the suicide attempt, had independently pulled the emergency brake. London Transport officials considered prosecuting the passenger for illegal use of the emergency brake but ultimately decided against it.
George D. Bryson, a businessman from Connecticut, decided to change his travel plans and stop in Louisville, Kentucky, a place he’d never visited before. He went to a local hotel and made preparations to check into Room 307. Before he could do so, a hotel employee handed him a letter addressed to his exact name. It turned out the previous occupant of Room 307 was another George D. Bryson.
One three separate occasions – in the years 1664, 1785, and 1860
- there was a shipwreck in which only one person survived the accident. Each time that one person was named Hugh Williams.
In 1983, a woman told British Rail authorities about a disturbing vision she had of a fatal train crash involving an engine with the numbers 47 216. Two years later, a train had a fatal accident, similar to the one the woman had described. The engine number, however, was 47 299. Later, someone noticed that the number had previously been changed by nervous British Rail officials. The original number: 47 216.
Several secret code words were devised by Allied military commanders during their preparations to invade Normandy in World War II. Among
them: “Utah,” “Neptune,” “Mulberry,” “Omaha,” and “Overlord.” Before the invasion could begin, however, all of these words appeared in a crossword puzzle in the London Daily Telegraph. After interrogating the puzzle’s author, an English school teacher, authorities became convinced that it was sheer, inexplicable coincidence.

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