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The Best of Lifehack: February 2012

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The Best of Lifehack: February 2012

    This is the continuation of our Best of Lifehack series that we will be featuring the first week of every month showcasing articles from the month before. We bring you a bunch of amazing content every single month, and sometimes some of the most important and interesting ones aren’t seen by our busy readers for whatever reason (probably because they are busy!).

    So, here is The Best of Lifehack for February, 2012.

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    The Only 5 Tools You Need to Implement GTD

    Karol Krol, the same guy that brought us our awesome series on GTD in January, shows us the 5 essentials tools we need to Get Things Done. A great article that supplements his series.

    101 Ways to Break Free and Level Up Your Life

    Lifehack Editor, Mike Vardy gives us 101 quick ways to make our lives better, get unstuck, and just be an all around awesome person.

    Ask The Entrepreneurs: 13 Golden Rituals That Keep Entrepreneurs Sane

    The Young Entrepreneurs Council brings us 13 rituals from some amazing people that keep them on the straight and narrow and not going crazy. These are some good tips to keep you sane, especially if you are a new entrepreneur.

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    5 Productivity Lessons From the Millennial Work Style

    The Gen Y workforce is upon us in full force. Marissa Brassfield gives us 5 lessons about productivity that we can all afford to learn from these Millenials.

    Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work and Done Lists Do

    Instead of obsessing over what we have to do, Leo Wildrich argues that we should keep track of what we have done and base what we should do off of it to be more productive and effective. This is a truly inspirational piece.

    7 Time Management Tips for Road Warriors

    Thanh Pham gives the road warrior 7 tips that can save them time and frustration while they are traveling. These are also great for anyone that needs to get their work done in different, disparate places.

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    9 Ways to Get Rid of All the Crap in Your Life That’s Holding You Back

    Caz Makepeace shows us how to make this year the simplest one ever in this prolific article. Go back to paper productivity, go to sleep early, and improving your diet are just three of the ways she offers to get rid of the junk in your life.

    Manage Your Twitter Followers With Three Simple Tools

    Chris Skoyles, a guy who knows a thing or two about social networking, shows us some tools to use to tweak our Twitter accounts by getting rid of people that don’t follow us, unfollowing inactive accounts, and whether you should friend or follow someone.

    Warning: You Have Entered the Burnout Zone

    Burned out? Not sure? Royale Scuderi provides us with some handy lists to identify if we are burned out as well as some ways to fix our burn out.

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    There are no do overs, but there are 2nd chances

    Instead of regretting our past actions and mistakes, Judy Belmont suggests that we create a “second chance checklist” so we can start to look at how we can correct an issue rather than regret it.

    5 Productivity Habits That Will Rock Your World

    Sometimes we need big changes to start being more productivity again and Ciara Conlon shows us 5 habits that will rock our non-productive worlds.

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    Protecting Your Online Life With Secure Passwords

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    Protecting Your Online Life With Secure Passwords

    With all of the recent online services and companies falling under attack to hackers in the past few months, it seems only fitting to talk about password creation and management. There are a lot of resources out there discussing this, but it never hurts to revisit this topic time and again because of its importance.

    Password management isn’t necessarily a difficult thing to do, yet it does seem like a bit of an annoyance to most people. When it comes to password management, you will hear the famous line, “I don’t really care about changing my passwords regularly. I have nothing important online anyways.” Let’s see if you have nothing important online when your PayPal account gets taken over because you thought the password “password” was good enough.

    In my opinion, it is an “internet user’s” responsibility to make sure that they keep secure passwords and update them on a regular basis. In this article we will discuss how to make your online presence more secure and keep it secure.

    The easy fundamentals

    First thing is first; creating a strong password.

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    A strong password is a mixture of alpha-numeric characters and symbols, has a good length (hopefully 15 characters or longer), and doesn’t necessarily represent some word or phrase. If the service you are signing up for doesn’t allow passwords over a certain length, like 8 characters, always use the maximum length.

    Here are some examples of strong passwords:
    * i1?,2,2\1′(:-%Y
    * ZQ5t0466VC44PmJ
    * mp]K{ dCFKVplGe]PBm1mKdinLSOoa (30 characters)

    And not so good examples
    * sammy1234
    * password123
    * christopher

    You can check out PC Tools Password Generator here. This is a great way to make up some very strong passwords. Of course the more random passwords are harder to remember, but that is where password management comes into play.

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    Managing your passwords

    I know some people that keep their passwords in an unencrypted text file. That’s not a good idea. I suppose that if you aren’t doing much online and are decent at avoiding viruses and such, it could be OK, but I would never recommend it.

    So, where do you keep your strong passwords for all the services that you visit on a daily basis?

    There are a ton of password safes out there including KeePass, RoboForm, Passpack, Password Safe, LastPass, and 1Password. If and when I recommend any of these I always count on LastPass and 1Password.

    Both LastPass and 1Password offer different entry types for online services logins (PayPal, Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, etc.), credit cards and bank accounts, online identities, and other types of sensitive information. Both have excellent reviews and only differ in a few subtle ways. One of the ways that is more notable is that LastPass keeps your encrypted password Vault online where 1Password allows you to keep it locally or shared through Dropbox. Either way, you are the holder of the encryption keys and both ways are very secure.

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    LastPass and 1Password both offer cross-platform support as well as support for Android and iOS (LastPass even has BlackBerry support). 1Password is a little pricey ($39.99 for either Windows or Mac) where LastPass has free options as well as premium upgrades that allow for mobile syncing.

    Upkeep

    You should probably change your passwords for your “important” accounts at least every 6 weeks. When I say “important” accounts I am referring to ones that you just couldn’t imagine losing access to. For me that would be Gmail, PayPal, eBay, Amazon, all my FTP accounts and hosting accounts, Namecheap, etc. Basically these include any account where financial information could be lost or accessed as well as accounts that could be totally screwed up (like my webserver).

    There is no hard and fast rule to how often you should change your passwords, but 6 to 8 weeks should be pretty good.

    Alternatives

    You may think that all of this is just too much to manage on a daily basis. I will admit it is kind of annoying to have to change your passwords and use a password manager on a daily basis. For those people out there that don’t want to go through all of the hub-bub of super-secure, encrypted, password management, here are a few tips to keep you safe:

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    1. Create a unique and hard to guess “base password” and then a pattern to use for each site you logon onto. For instance a base password could be “Ih2BaSwAa” (this stands for “I have two brothers and sisters who are annoying”). Then you would add something “site specific” to the end of it. For Twitter Ih2BaSwAaTWTTR, Facebook Ih2BaSwAaFCBK, etc. This is sort of unsecure, but probably more secure than 99% of the passwords out there.
    2. Don’t write your passwords down in public places. If you want to keep track of passwords on something written, keep it on you at least. The problem is that if you get your wallet stolen you are still out of luck.
    3. Don’t use the same passwords for every service. I’m not even going to explain this; just don’t do it.

    These are just a few things that can be done rather than keeping your passwords in a management system. Personally, with over 100 entries in my password management system, I couldn’t even dream of doing any other way. But those out there with only a few passwords, having a simpler system may be beneficial.

    So, if you want to be a “responsible internet citizen” or you just don’t want to lose your precious account data, then creating and maintaining strong passwords for your online accounts is a must.

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