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Next Meeting

October 24, 2017

7:00 PM

Mercer County Library, Lawrenceville NJ

Passwords, Passwords and more Passwords

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David Shinkfield will take a close look at how computer users can adopt better and safer options for managing their passwords.

All of us are spending more and more time on the internet, be it on our laptops, iPads or smart phones, but when you visit a website, we’re often asked for a user name and password. To make matters worse, most websites require you to change your password every three months, a suggestion most of us ignore. So how do you keep all those passwords straight? Most people develop their own way of handling passwords - use the same password on many sites, add a number at the end of the password, or just keep a list on your phone or laptop. The problem is that all these ‘work arounds’ just make it easier for hackers to access your information. What can you do?

Shinkfield will present some alternative ways to create safer passwords, including the latest recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. "There is even a website that will help you create safe and memorable passwords; however, those approaches do not help you remember them," he adds. Shinkfield’s solution to this conundrum is to use a Password Manager. There are several free password programs available for download, including "Last Pass," a program which Shinkfield will discuss. "Last Pass meets many of our password needs - it remembers your passwords, creates new passwords, logs you on automatically, and helps with changing passwords every three months. Come learn how to simplify your passwords and most importantly, make them much harder to crack.," he urges.

David Shinkfield, who teaches several courses at The Computer Learning Center, has shared his familiarity with computers as a volunteer instructor for more than ten years. Prior to his retirement, he was a managing partner with the PA Consulting Group based in London. During his career with that firm he undertook assignments in the UK, France, Germany, and finally in the United States where he has spent the last 30 years.

David is a member of the Princeton PC Users Group.

There are a group of club members who regularly attend PPCUG meetings. However, Club Leadership including those who have been arranging meetings would appreciate your assistance. We are looking for volunteers to step up and take a leadership role. Any role that you take will look good on your LinkedIn profile!

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