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Re: "Russan Gang Amasses Over A Billion Stolen Passwords"

In your personal life (not the govt job) I'd ask how many sites are important to you. If it is 1 then memorize a good strong userid and password. I suspect it is a lot more than 1 so IMO you need to use a password safe. There are many, I use KeePass and find it suits my needs.
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 17, 2014 5:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Russan Gang Amasses Over A Billion Stolen Passwords"
Replies: 87
Views: 7674

Re: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder

Probably yellow jackets as they nest underground. Yellow jackets are aggressive and get mean in August, meaner than they typically are! Add to that they don't have a barbed stinger so they can string repeatedly. You really don't want to mess with them but I still say Bald Faced Hornets make them loo...
by zaplunken
Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder
Replies: 43
Views: 4617

Re: Two factor identification and your password safe

How's this for random - mkw*319V28Jhf(7102L^bti! and none of that means anything. I am my own randomizing device. It's low in duplicates, high in digits and low in special characters compared to the expected results for a true random string. Low in duplicates and low in special characters are thing...
by zaplunken
Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2062

Re: Two factor identification and your password safe

Yes, you absolutely need 2 factor authentication. For starters, 2FA protects you in cases where your password has already been compromised somehow. The problem with a unique 2nd factor each time (I believe Google sends this to a phone) is I don't have a phone that can receive a text but I think the...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2062

Re: Two factor identification and your password safe

But my question has to do with a password safe on my flashdrives. This isn't about 2f id at Amazon or Ebay et al. Unless someone gets into my pc my safe is off limits to the internet and even then it is on 2 flashdrives because I removed it from the C drive so one of them would have to be plugged in...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2062

Re: Two factor identification and your password safe

My real master password is nothing like your example. It is totally random characters, there isn't any rhyme or reason to it. By "totally random" do you mean you selected it using something like drawing cards, throwing dice or a well designed random number generator? If you picked it with...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2062

Re: Two factor identification and your password safe

The problem with a unique 2nd factor each time (I believe Google sends this to a phone) is I don't have a phone that can receive a text but I think they can send a voice code. But this is for a safe no external source would send me anything so the 2nd factor would be the same until I change it. I s...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2062

Re: Two factor identification and your password safe

The problem with a unique 2nd factor each time (I believe Google sends this to a phone) is I don't have a phone that can receive a text but I think they can send a voice code. But this is for a safe no external source would send me anything so the 2nd factor would be the same until I change it. I st...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2062

Re: Two factor identification and your password safe

It is possible that your password could be cracked more easily than indicated on that site. For example, if your password is qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm it will be cracked very quickly even though 26 random lowercase letters would indeed be virtually uncrackable. Beyond that, there are other problem...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2062

Re: "Russan Gang Amasses Over A Billion Stolen Passwords"

This has been the most enlightening post on hashing and salting encryption of passwords. I knew the terms and I knew they involved encryption, but how they functioned, I was not familiar. Thanks for a most educational post. Really! I always follow threads about password security here and I have rea...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Russan Gang Amasses Over A Billion Stolen Passwords"
Replies: 87
Views: 7674

Two factor identification and your password safe

So if you use a site like this https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm to determine how long it would take to crack your password do you think you need to use two factor identification with your password safe? I entered a password "like" my master password just changing the letters, numbers and s...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2062

Re: Telephone Calls! Help! [Telemarketing phone calls]

I had fun with "Danny" the other day, a man with an Indian accent. He was selling solar panels. I jerked him around for over 5 minutes until he finally gave up. I told him I live underground and I have not seen the sun for 20-30 years. Hard to believe he kept on after that comment! He aske...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Telephone Calls! Help! [Stopping telemarketing calls]
Replies: 105
Views: 7161

Re: Telephone Calls! Help!

NOMOROBO doesn't work everywhere, it is not available in my location. I have just a land line through my cable company. I have Caller ID which is great. My phone also allows me to assign several different ring tones for a phone number I program into the speed dialing feature. So I use 2 ring tones. ...
by zaplunken
Fri Aug 08, 2014 5:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Telephone Calls! Help! [Stopping telemarketing calls]
Replies: 105
Views: 7161

Re: Cloud Base Password Manager

I use KeePass but I don't trust putting it in the cloud because I don't know how secure that is and I don't understand how that works. Who's to say it can't be hacked having it out in the ether? I removed the database from my C drive after I copied it to 2 flashdrives, one is a backup. So now even i...
by zaplunken
Fri Aug 08, 2014 4:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cloud Base Password Manager
Replies: 14
Views: 1006

Re: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder

Different flying stinging insects (shape, size and aggression level) build paper nests so not all are the same or are aggressive. I have been watching a Bald Faced Hornet's (very nasty not to be fooled with!) nest for over a month and it is not growing in size much to my surprise. A few years ago I ...
by zaplunken
Fri Aug 08, 2014 3:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder
Replies: 43
Views: 4617

Re: Will not using my dishwasher cause problems?

As for the dishwater, why not remove it and have a carpenter come in and design a use for that space. In my new kitchen, I would do that in a minute but my wife would go crazy. I have 2x the cabinet space I need so the last thing I need is more cabinet space! It's fine just sitting there with the w...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will not using my dishwasher cause problems?
Replies: 51
Views: 3118

Re: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder

Hint: For years, the wasps annually took over my sprinkler system control box. I'd get rid of them, and they'd return. Until I received the tip about the most amazing nest prevention: http://www.amazon.com/Tanglefoot-300000430-Waspinator/dp/B002BKMO42/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1371926656&sr=8-...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder
Replies: 43
Views: 4617

Re: Will not using my dishwasher cause problems?

Thanks. I'll just turn the water off and forget about it.
by zaplunken
Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will not using my dishwasher cause problems?
Replies: 51
Views: 3118

Re: Will not using my dishwasher cause problems?

How is it possible you never use the dishwasher? If you are washing everything by hand, I think you should change. From a water usage and dollar standpoint, using the dishwasher is more efficient and of course time saving. Huh? Because I wash by hand. I never bought that "it's cheaper to run t...
by zaplunken
Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will not using my dishwasher cause problems?
Replies: 51
Views: 3118

Re: why it pays to make purchases with a credit card

My credit card doubles the warranty period when purchased with the card.
by zaplunken
Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: why it pays to make purchases with a credit card
Replies: 15
Views: 3961

Re: Will not using my dishwasher cause problems?

So having not run it for 4 years, maybe longer, it seems that I'm potentially asking for trouble with leaks? I never wanted it but it's there. So maybe it's safer to just let it be, don't run it and some day a new owner can buy a new one? I don't know if I'd be selling the house in 1,2,10 years, ever.
by zaplunken
Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will not using my dishwasher cause problems?
Replies: 51
Views: 3118

Re: Snake!

Not that it really matters, but I figured I'd throw this out there just so we're all on the same page,... snakes are either venomous or non-venomous. Using "poisonous" is incorrect. To the OP, I bet the snake was just exploring or finding a dark place for a nap. He won't stay long. FINALL...
by zaplunken
Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snake!
Replies: 51
Views: 4320

Will not using my dishwasher cause problems?

I have a Frigidaire Gallery (model FDB636GFT0) dishwasher that we purchased new in 1999, it has been used probably less than 50 times. I haven't used it more than 10 times in the past 10 years and probably the last time I ran it was a good 4 years ago. Will it just sit and be useable in the future o...
by zaplunken
Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will not using my dishwasher cause problems?
Replies: 51
Views: 3118

Re: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder

I was at my sisters yesterday. There's a large Japanese Yew bush next to the steps going to the front door. There are 5-10 bees coming and going all the time. They are a little smaller than a honeybee but look like a honeybee. She says they are not bothering her and it's been like this for a month o...
by zaplunken
Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder
Replies: 43
Views: 4617

Re: Garden 2014

My corn is about 5ft now, some showing 3 silks, but something is eating the leaves. What is commonly used to stop these critters? It depends upon what the problem is. If it is a caterpillar then BT is effective and organic essentially harmless to all but caterpillars unless you grow that GM crap &q...
by zaplunken
Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 2014
Replies: 46
Views: 4574

Re: Garden 2014

Little update here. This morning I harvested a large head of cauliflower, but looking on the internet, it was probably harvested a bit early. Does anyone here have luck with secondary shoots for cauliflower (similar to brocolli)? Speaking of which, I also picked a large center crown of brocoli and ...
by zaplunken
Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 2014
Replies: 46
Views: 4574

Re: Help! Mom fell for scam--computer hacked?

Best advice was to wipe the hard drive clean then reinstall the OS and load the software for whatever devices she has or software she uses. Would it be unsafe to put any file back on the pc (spreadsheets, word doc, pictures et al) if they were from the c drive? If these files were backed up off line...
by zaplunken
Mon May 19, 2014 3:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help! Mom fell for scam--computer hacked?
Replies: 28
Views: 3031

Re: Squirrels ate through sceen, plastic & wood to get bird

Ever heard of a chipper dipper? Bucket of water half way -- dump sunflower seeds into water -- put a nice little ramp to the top of the bucket. SPLASH! So this will attract the squirrels and they fall into the bucket but can't get out? I'd assume you need a 5 gallon at a minimum? This sounds toooo ...
by zaplunken
Mon May 19, 2014 3:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Squirrels ate through sceen, plastic & wood to get bird feed
Replies: 37
Views: 2147

Re: Squirrels ate through sceen, plastic & wood to get bird

Ever heard of a chipper dipper? Bucket of water half way -- dump sunflower seeds into water -- put a nice little ramp to the top of the bucket. SPLASH! So this will attract the squirrels and they fall into the bucket but can't get out? I'd assume you need a 5 gallon at a minimum? This sounds toooo ...
by zaplunken
Sun May 18, 2014 6:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Squirrels ate through sceen, plastic & wood to get bird feed
Replies: 37
Views: 2147

Re: squirrel question

granpa wrote:Need to know how far to relocate nuisance squirrels to keep them from coming back???


1 foot deep should solve the problem. :twisted:
by zaplunken
Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: squirrel question
Replies: 13
Views: 1359

Re: Mouse over thread title to see content?

Sorry for the thread hijack. It's not under consideration at the moment. There are a lot of good ideas presented in the forum, but we're resource limited and tend to stay with the "stock" configuration to reduce the workload. To be clear, that mod is only for viewing the forums directly, ...
by zaplunken
Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:02 am
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Mouse over thread title to see content?
Replies: 21
Views: 3647

Re: Mouse over thread title to see content?

Here is what I get for this thread: http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=133223&newpost=1998085 http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=133223 Whoa nelly. Talk about inconsistency! Why newpost for one and not the other. Plus, the link with newpost doesn't actu...
by zaplunken
Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:24 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Mouse over thread title to see content?
Replies: 21
Views: 3647

Re: Cheap ammo

Yeah back in the early 70's I used to buy a brick too but I forget the price. I do remember a box of 50 shorts were 50 cents but then gas was 30 - 31 cents a gallon.
by zaplunken
Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap ammo
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Cheap ammo

I am shocked anyone would recommend Cheaper Than Dirt - they are VERY expensive and gouged on ammo and firearms badly all last year , please don't patronize someone that does that. Walmart is as good as it gets for prices around here and the ammo shortage is loosening up. Most ammo is readily availa...
by zaplunken
Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap ammo
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Any indoor seed starters?

I've been doing this for decades. Don't try to grow vegetables in a window, they will but it is a poor system. The sun is filtered, the plants grow towards the light vs straight up and it is cold. I grow under 4' shop lights, buy the cheapest bulbs they work fine and DO NOT leave them on 24 hours a ...
by zaplunken
Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any indoor seed starters?
Replies: 30
Views: 1729

Re: Mouse over thread title to see content?

Any decision/progress on this? It'd be a great improvement. :sharebeer
by zaplunken
Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Mouse over thread title to see content?
Replies: 21
Views: 3647

Should I rebalance this?

I have a small amount in the Vanguard REIT fund in my Roth IRA. Initially I put in $11,150 in during the summer 2011 and today it is up to $15,900. It's just an increase of $4,750 which isn't a lot of money but it is a 42% increase! Obviously this is way above any 5 or 10% rebalancing ban but it isn...
by zaplunken
Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I rebalance this?
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: Continual phone solicitation by a debt consolidation com

I have resorted to going along with the ruse. I tell them that yes, I have 20K in cc debt at 20 percent interest. How much is this going to cost me, I ask. Nothing is the response. I am then asked for the cc number and the telephone number off the back. I tell them that the card is upstairs and I w...
by zaplunken
Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continual phone solicitation by a debt consolidation company
Replies: 34
Views: 2744

Re: best tips for passwords?

I think having a print out of your password manager and the master password on it ensures that even if you forget the master password it is in the safe deposit box. Having all the userids and passwords printed out in the safe deposit box ensures you at least know them if the password manager fails. ...
by zaplunken
Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best tips for passwords?
Replies: 141
Views: 10814

Re: best tips for passwords?

I am not directing this at anyone. I hope to show you that no matter what you think you are not really safe unless... So any words and phrases in dictionaries whether English or foreign are useless. Cracking software using GPUs (forget what they are just know they are powerfully fast!) can run throu...
by zaplunken
Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best tips for passwords?
Replies: 141
Views: 10814

Re: TAYLOR'S 90th BIRTHDAY

Happy Birthday Taylor! I only come here every month or two so I am always late catching timely threads. It sounds like it was a good one and I hope you have many more to come! You have done and still do so much for all of us all we should refer to you as Saint Taylor! :sharebeer
by zaplunken
Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:46 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Taylor's 90th Birthday
Replies: 272
Views: 22595

Mouse over thread title to see content?

I don't think I have asked this before but if I have please forgive me. Would it be possible to show the 1st 3 or 4 sentences in a thread by putting the mouse on the title of the thread? Many sites do this, some using phpbb and some not, so I assume it can be done here.The volume of threads here is ...
by zaplunken
Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:42 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Mouse over thread title to see content?
Replies: 21
Views: 3647

Re: Capital One Quicksilver rewards isn't quite 1.5%

Mine is a VISA maybe the OP's Mastercard is different. Both are Capital One Quicksilver.
by zaplunken
Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Capital One Quicksilver rewards isn't quite 1.5%
Replies: 13
Views: 1244

Re: Capital One Quicksilver rewards isn't quite 1.5%

I just looked at my C1 QS statement and they assigned exactly the correct amount ie total charged * 1.5% they did not chop off the cents and calc each purchase separately.
by zaplunken
Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Capital One Quicksilver rewards isn't quite 1.5%
Replies: 13
Views: 1244

Re: Wood burning stoves in New England

This thread has degenerated far off of the topic of the original post and I will contribute my best to get it locked. [OT comments removed by admin LadyGeek] I too live in NH and have offset my oil bill by burning wood in my fireplace insert for the last twenty-three (23) years. I have harvested de...
by zaplunken
Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood burning stoves in New England
Replies: 88
Views: 4922

Re: Wood burning stoves in New England

OK I got less than 1/2 way through page 1 and quit reading. DON"T pay any attention to posts from people that have not heated with wood. Everything posted here is opinions including mine BUT I have heated my prior and current houses with firewood using the same woodstove for 20 years. I like fi...
by zaplunken
Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood burning stoves in New England
Replies: 88
Views: 4922

Re: Time Zone [Changing the displayed time]

Perhaps I read this wrong or just don't understand. I just noticed posts were time stamped 6:10 when it is 5:10 and this is after I went into CP and reset the time to be EST. I thought that'd reflect current times? I now turned off the DST thing and now time stamps are 5:XX. :confused
by zaplunken
Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:15 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Time Zone [Changing the displayed time]
Replies: 40
Views: 8166

Re: [CryptoLocker] Back Up your files - Back up your files .

How do most folks back up "their files"? Most of the files on my hard drive are OS stuff or application files but not "my files". I think most of what I need to copy to a new PC are in one or two top level folders on my C: drive. Is that the approach most folks use for backup? W...
by zaplunken
Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [CryptoLocker] UPDATE Important Info to protect your Data
Replies: 68
Views: 6125

Re: Passwords: Part III

I use KeePass but I put my database on 2 flash drives and deleted the base on the hard drive.
by zaplunken
Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passwords: Part III
Replies: 24
Views: 2421

Re: [Sad news - Pat Larimore]

Taylor,

Sorry for the loss of your wife. That video by your son was beautiful.
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Sad news - Pat Larimore]
Replies: 225
Views: 16016
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