Personal Information, Password Theft on the Rise – Elaine360

Personal Information, Password Theft on the Rise

Hacked personal information online, including stolen passwords, has soared 300 percent during the first four months of 2012, according to a study by Experian CreditExpert and Opinion Matters.

Twelve million pieces of personal information were illegally sold to cybercriminals during that timeframe, with the bulk of the hacked information containing login details and passwords for personal accounts.

“The reason password and login combinations make up nine out of ten illegally traded pieces of data is because they give access to a huge amount of other valuable information, such as address books and related accounts,” Peter Turner, managing director at Experian Consumer Services in the UK and Ireland, told The Tech Spot.

One thing putting some people more at risk from hackers is that they use the same password for all of their online accounts, or they have five or less of the same passwords that they use over and over again. Security experts suggest having a different password for each account you have. They also recommend that passwords contain at least eight characters with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters.

Source: “Experian: Password Theft Soars 300% to 12 Million in First Quarter,” TechSpot

Berries are delicious, but they’re also kind of delicate and can get that fuzzy mold fairly easily

Here’s a tip I’m sharing on how to prevent them from getting that in the first place:

Wash them with vinegar.

·      When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water.
·      Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around.
·      Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can’t taste the vinegar)
·      Pop in the fridge.
·      The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila! Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.

You’re so berry welcome!

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