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Gym Change Room Rules According to Sharon

This is not my usual technical post.  But I am passionate about it.

I’ll start this by stating I am not a prude. I have no issues with nakedness, providing it’s not in my face. There are things that should be done at home, not in the company of complete strangers.

Here’s my list of gym change room rules.

1. You should never ever bend at the waist if your backside is facing the open area. There are some things that can never be unseen.

2. Shower curtains are there for a reason. No one wants to see you cleaning your bits.

3. The gym change room is not a spa. There is no reason to stand naked in front of mirror and put cream all over yourself. Especially it means bending over. See point 1.

4. Do not sit on the benches/stools without something on your backside. Really, other people sit there too.

5. Why do you need to be naked to blow dry your hair? Unless you are blow drying all your body hair and that’s just weird.

6. Is it necessary to have a conversation with someone while your naked. Towels are there for a reason. Grab one and at least pretend to show some modesty.

Looking forward to NOT seeing all you next time we meet in the gym change room.

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Password Dos and Don’t

Here is a excerpt from my new book “Keep IT Simple” about passwords.  Why not subscribe to hear about release dates, and read other excerpts.

James calls in a panic one morning. He has just discovered his Facebook® account has been compromised and his account is now sending spam to all of his Facebook friends. He does not understand how someone could have guessed his password. I asked what him what his password was (you should never tell anyone your password) and he told me it was the name of his dog. He had included pictures and the name of his dog on his Facebook and Twitter profiles. Someone easily guessed that his password was his pet’s name.

Lesson: Never use a password that can be easily guessed.

Using a strong password is the first line of defense in protecting your data and identity. Create a strong password on all of your devices (including phones and tablets), systems and applications. Without a strong password, you are leaving the door to your data unlocked and wide open. Below is a list of password dos and don’ts.

Password Dos

  • Use uppercase, lowercase, special characters and numbers.
  • Use at least 8 characters. (The SANS Institute considers any password less than 15 characters to be “weak”.)
  • Use a different password for each account.
  • Change your passwords if you suspect it has been compromised.
  • Change your passwords frequently.
  • The SANS Institute recommends that all system level passwords (root, Windows Administrator etc.) be changed quarterly. All user level passwords (email, web, desktop computer, etc.) should be changed every six months.

Password Don’ts

  • Share passwords.
  • Use the same password on more than one account.
  • Write down your password.
  • Distribute passwords via email or instant messaging.
  • Leave a computer unattended while logged in.
  • Use your password or part of your password as the answer to a security question.
  • Use a dictionary word in any language.
  • Use dictionary words spelt backwards.
  • Use a spouse, child, pet, car, teacher, etc. name as part of (or as) your password.
  • Use your phone number, social insurance number, birth dates or license plate as part of (or as) your password.
  • Use QWERTY.
  • Use 12345678 or any variance of this.
  • Use easily substituted letter and characters i.e. password would be changed to pa55w0rd.

Book Review – 21 Ways to Get Paid to Do What You Love

I just had the pleasure of reading 21 Ways to Get Paid to Do What You Love by Henri Junttila. While reading this ebook, it felt as if Henri was sitting right next to me and we were having a casual chat.  But even with a relaxed vibe, it was very insightful.

21 Ways to Get Paid to Do What You Love provides intuitive, easy-to-understand ways of generating additional income using todays online resources. Henri discusses why he uses the programs or websites that he does. I always find it helpful to discover why someone recommends a particular site or tool.  For easy reference, he includes links to his recommendations at the end of each chapter.

His ebook has been designed with the reader in mind.  It has been broken down into 4 straightforward sections: Platforms; Products & Courses; Services; and Miscellaneous.  This layout enables the reader to jump to the section that interests them the most.

Each chapter (within a section) can stand on its own information, but I would recommend you read each chapter; you may discover a new trick you didn’t know about before.

This book is not a “get rich quick” scheme guide, but a great and instructive resource to help you choose a platform that best works for you. The ebook also suggests ways to monetize based on your work style.

I especially liked the podcasting chapter, and I look forward to using some of the tips Henri presented in his book.

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