Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


January 10, 2014

Changing passwords is worth the effort

As you may have heard, hackers recently stole 40 million debit and credit card numbers from customers using the in-store registers at retail giant Target.

Those affected were primarily post-Black Friday shoppers. Unfortunately, I was one of those shoppers. As a matter of precaution, my local bank suggested I shred my old card, and offered to re-issue a new one within the week.

As I rarely carry cash, the week without my card was certainly an inconvenience. After a few days of waiting, I finally received my new card. It was at this point, however, that I realized the disruptions weren’t over. I would now have to update my auto-pay accounts that had been associated with the old card and make adjustments for the new card numbers.

Although updating the account numbers was a hassle, my husband reminded me that this inconvenience paled in comparison to the troubles of having passwords, and possibly my identity, stolen. I don’t often admit it (especially publicly!), but he was right.

The idea of a stolen card-or worse-led me to thinking about some of my various online accounts and how secure they are. I got to thinking about my passwords, wondering if they are strong enough. As we all know, everything seems to require a password anymore. Even here at ETC, customer accounts are tied to a password. Customers often comment that a password for their phone/TV/internet account seems extreme, but there is justification.

The perfect example is a broken home. When a divorce turns ugly, it is not unheard of for a divorcee to attempt to disconnect services at the home where the former spouse remains. A password offers a layer of protection.

As for passwords, almost everyone can agree it is hard to organize and keep track of these. Programs like ETC’s Password Genie offer a one-stop-shop of sorts. They store all passwords for all accounts, and you are left with memorizing only one master password to get into the password program itself. Once logged into the program, you can then look up your other accounts.

Text Only
  • Alice Woodhull: Back on the job Well, this is Alice, and I am back on the job. It has been two months since I got my new shoulder, and so far it is working like it should. I have had a couple weeks of therapy, plus doing a lot with it on my own, and I'm hoping it will soon be as g

    April 16, 2014

  • Linda Hamer Kennett: The timeless beauty of wicker No matter what the day may bring, I can leave it all behind when I take my evening walk. Strolling through our historic neighborhood on Indy's south side is a multifaceted treat. It is good for my heart, it erases the cares of the day and it affords

    April 16, 2014

  • Dr. Michael Layne: Palm Sunday Matthew 21:1-11 is the Gospel passage that will be heard in many churches this Palm Sunday. Today, I want us to look at the last two verses: 10When Jesus came to Jerusalem, everyone in the city was excited and asked, "Who can this be?" 11The crowd a

    April 12, 2014

  • Jenni Hanna: Exploring the mystery of the bitcoin I've heard of a lot of synonyms for currency, but "bitcoins" was a new one to me. Although bitcoins (BTCs) have been around since 2009, they are something I've just recently learned about and am really struggling to understand. Bitcoins cannot be hel

    April 11, 2014

  • nws-gb041014-Spaulding headshot Jack Spaulding: A time not to adopt Springtime brings a host of new life into the outdoors. The fields, forest, and the nests and dens are full of new life and cute and cuddly baby critters as nature carries on procreation. Nature knows how to take care for her own, but unfortunately,

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • Net tricks My wife and I went on a binge last week. If you think I'm talking about an eating binge, you've never seen how thin we both are. If you think I mean a shopping binge, you don't know how cheap we are. And if you think it was a cleaning binge, you've

    April 10, 2014

  • opn-gb040814-Siekman column headshot Lane Siekman: It's time to raise the minimum wage On March 15, 2013, during consideration of a bill to consolidate job-training programs (H.R. 803), Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) offered an amendment that, among other things, would incrementally increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. R

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • nei-gb040914-Kennett Column headshot Linda Hamer Kennett: Second hand rose...or fashionista? "Fashion is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma"....John Fairchild 1940's sensible shoes with a '70's midi-skirt. High waist skirts with over the knee boots. Polka dot shirts with bell-bottom pants. Retro fashion is here to stay, and w

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • nei-gb040914-Pat Smith Column headshot Pat Smith: Mistakes needn't be permanent Continuing last week's column about Josh Rutherford who is a Decatur County native interested in local history. He's interested enough, in fact, to have printed a book so that past mistakes can be corrected and on record. Appreciative of the work don

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • opn-gb040814-Hayden column headshot Maureen Hayden: House Ethics Committee considers allegations INDIANAPOLIS - Steering lawmakers through a rewrite of the state's criminal code won House Judiciary Chairman Greg Steuerwald bipartisan accolades this year. His colleagues appreciated how the even-tempered attorney from Hendricks County used his leg

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.