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10Nov/130

I have 294 passwords…but I only need to remember one!

password hellI really do wish I had more time to write blog posts for this site.  It isn't that I don't have things to say -- it's that I have so much to say that I tend to say them on Twitter in 140 character bursts instead of here in long-form posts.  In addition, I continue to contribute to the Minnesota Society of CPAs member publication, Footnote.  I've written here about LastPass before and I tackled the issue of password generation/vault software for the September issue of Footnote.  I have been impressed by the feedback I have received and I hope that everyone that is serious about security and about making their lives simpler investigates the use of LastPass or a similar password management software solution.  Here's a link to my article: http://www.mncpa.org/publications/footnote/2013-09/I-have-294-passwords-but-I-only-need-to-remember-one.aspx

29Nov/110

A couple things I’ve written

Despite the lack of writing I've been doing here, my pen hasn't been completely idle.  In the past several months I've written a couple things for MNCPA publications.

  • A Footnote article from several months ago highlighted some file-syncronization services, including my favorite service, Sugarsync, that will keep files (especially those frequently used) synchronized across several devices.  This has been particularly handy to me since the demise of Windows Live Sync that I wrote about before and the added bonus of cloud-based storage is a nice feature when I'm on a machine I don't own.
  • A Student eNews piece hit the virtual press in October.  It urges students to learn to use technology while in school because employers will expect it and there are benefits to be realized while they are still studying.  It frustrates me that accounting majors are even allowed to graduate without knowing basic Excel strategies.  Hopefully some of them take my advice and the make an effort to improve themselves before they are on someone's payroll.