Awesome, Safe, and Secure Passwords


Which of the following two passwords is stronger,
more secure, and more difficult to crack?





Why?  Because it has one more character than the other one.

The Explanation:

What makes a password more or less secure?

  • Are you using a common password like, “123456”, “Password”, “God”, “Admin”, “qwerty” (be creative)
  • How long is the password? (most are less than 6 characters, I use 12 for general website and 16+ for banking)
  • Is the password all lowercase letters? (Add Uppercase letters)
  • Does the password contain numbers? (Add numbers)
  • Does the password contain special characters? (Add special characters like “.-{<>’ etc.)
  • Do you use the same password for all your accounts? (use a password manager so you can have different passwords for different accounts)

The point of this article is that stronger passwords don’t have to be confusing.  but by adding some “padding characters” you can make your password memorable yet much more secure.  (Please don’t use all periods, again be creative).

You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t use your birthdate or children’s names or other personal info as your password.  By themselves that would be an easy password to break.  But what if you applied this article to your easy to remember password?


Even if you knew that I like to use my son’s name as my password, you still could not guess what my password is.

But don’t use the same password for all your logins.  Find a good password manager to help you out.  Lastpass, Roboform, and 1Password are all my favorites.  🙂

What are your thoughts?

Leave comments below along with your ideas.  And go change those passwords right now!

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Photoshop Help & Learning Forum

I will be hosting a periodic Photoshop night where you can bring your photos and we will help you retouch them, remove backgrounds, add effects, and more. While we help you with your projects, we will be teaching you the techniques we’re using. If you are familiar with Photoshop, come and assist others.

  • Friday July 29, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Hope Chapel Lifespring Office
  • 2080 S. King St. #205 Honolulu, HI 96819
  • Contact Arlen for details- Email Arlen

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Using the Address Book on Your Mac

Today, I want to show you how to customize the Address Book on your Mac so it fits how you want to use it.

Hope you enjoy this week’s tutorial.

Arlen’s MacTips-Address Book from Arlen Nagata on Vimeo.

Editor’s Note: I have decided to focus my blog on answering your questions and Video Tips. I might dabble into WordPress tips from time to time, but my focus will be on Simple Videos to help you use your Mac more efficiently.

As always, send if your questions via email, facebook, or call me. I’m more than willing to answer your questions.