Infomaniacs: April 23, 2015 (8:00am)


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8:10 Eric City of Bryan Community Development

8:20 BVSo

8:41 Weather Scan / Cable TV in Brazos Valley way back when

Calling Time and Temp

Hunt for Alien life

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Infomaniacs: April 23, 2015 (7:00am)


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7:10 Whats free on Craigslist

Vaccicinations in California

Supreme Court block Fish Peddie

Shakespeare B-Day

7:39 Female on paper money

Random Stories

 

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Infomaniacs: April 23, 2015 (6:00am)


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6:12 Guy turns himselfin after 30 years

Today is/ B-Day

6:40 Hilary’s money to run for president

other politics

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Infomaniacs: April 22, 2015 (8:00am)


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8:12 District 14 Texas House Representative John Raney

Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski

8:43 0 G’s can be tough

Whiskey Hiest. Puppy Van Winkle

Bravo Brazos Valley

8:55 Wake up Call for buses in China

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Infomaniacs: April 22, 2015 (7:00am)


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7:14 Facebook has pronunciation help with names

PayPal… Beter I.D process

More Uber Stuff

7:22 Most expensive ticket for speeding in Texas

7:40 District 17 congressman Bill Flores

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Infomaniacs: April 22, 2015 (6:00am)


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6:11 Guy kills computer with 8 shots

Today is/ B-Days

6:40 Saudi announces no more bombing in Yemen, but bombed anyway

Genoside

More Politics

Michele Leonhart Head of DEA with DEA investigated for sex parties

Fracking in Texas

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Infomaniacs: Why Your Password Stinks


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*Password must include at least eight characters, one capital, one number, one special character, and may not use your birthday, first born’s name, current car, or favorite food. Good luck remembering this one.

With the number of news stories about hacked accounts and compromised passwords on the rise, you’d be forgiven for thinking people are doubling down on strengthening their passwords.

They’re not.

According to SplashData, last year’s top five worst passwords were 123456, password, 12345, 12345678, and qwerty.

Part of the problem seems to be that fine balance between creating a password strong enough to keep you secure, but memorable enough that you won’t have to change it each time before you log in. And God help you if you’re forbidden from using one of the passwords that you’ve chosen in the past year.

Enter the password manager. Using third party software to maintain all your passwords, you can auto-generate secure and unique creations and simply copy/paste them into password fields. But now all your eggs are in one basket, and you still need a password to access your treasure trove.

So how do you create that one password to rule them all? Unless you’re saving passwords in a plain text file or on a sticky note attached to your monitor, it’s likely the only way someone will acquire your password is by brute force attack—guessing it randomly.

XKCD, a webcomic, points out that computers don’t really care about the difference between capital letters and special characters as much as the length. That means correcthorsebatterystaple is considered more secure than Tr0ub4dor&3 because the number of guesses needed increases significantly with each character, despite the limited character set.

Now you’re armed with a password manager holding strong, unique passwords for all your accounts and a memorable—but reasonably secure—password to lock them up. What happens when you don’t have access to your password manager on a friend’s computer? That’s where a hybrid approach can be useful.

Take your easy to remember password and add a few characters that makes it unique to the site you’re signing into. Logging into banking? Now your password is CITIcorrecthorsebatterystaple. Checking where your recent purchase is? Try AMAZONcorrecthorsebatterystaple. Heck, through in your Aggie class year and an exclamation point for good measure.

Now when people ask what your wifi password is, you can proudly recite WIFIcorrecthorsebatterystaple2005WHOOP!.

Phew!

Don’t worry if you forget it though—it’s really easy to change. Your router settings are still protected by the default password admin, aren’t they?

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Want to check the strength of your password? Be careful using online strength checkers. Simply typing your password into the box can be enough for less-than-honest sites to capture it. If you really want to know, pull up a site like HowSecureIsMyPassword.net, unplug your network cable, then burn your computer after you check—you know, just to be safe.

SplashData’s list of the worst passwords of 2014

Lifehacker’s choice list of password managers.

XKCD: Password Strength

 

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Infomaniacs: April 21, 2015 (8:00am)


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8:10 College Station on Hipster list/ Mr.Downs/ Crazy cat names

Random Stories

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Infomaniacs: April 21, 2015 (7:00am)


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7:13 No Selfie Stick at the Kentucky Derby

Fight over who is the best NBA Player

Worst Passwords

Changing Kraft Mac N Cheese

7:39 Newly found frog looks like Kermit

You can get infections from your dog

Roomba working on lawn mower

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Infomaniacs: April 21, 2015 (6:00am)


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6:10 One World Trade Center opening with elevator ride

Birthdays/ Today is

6:41 Chris Christy’s polls fall

Hilary on Trade

Koch Brothers choose Scott Walker

No gambling in Texas

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