|HOME||Recreation Report||Classifieds||Computer FAQ Gal||Lighthouse|
Let’s Talk Passwords Again
I was recently reminded of just how many passwords are needed when setting up a new computer.
When you set up Windows for the first time, you need to enter your email address. Easy right? Yes, until you need to remember your email password. Email passwords seem to be the most forgotten passwords of all. You set up your email one time and then never have to enter your password again, so it’s easy to forget what it is.
Other passwords you’ll need are passwords for logging into certain web sites. One of these is your bank account if you use online banking. How about your shopping sites, like Amazon or Chewy? My car and home insurance sites require login information as well.
Even if you aren’t planning on getting a new computer, keeping your important passwords handy is important. There could be any number of reasons why you would need to enter them again.
Keeping your passwords in a small notebook or tablet that is dedicated to this purpose is a good option. If you have a page or a half page for each entry you will have room to enter new passwords if you change them. Make sure you write down the date that you enter the passwords and the date you change them so that you know which is the most recent. You can spend a lot of time entering passwords, trying to remember the correct one. Have a way of indicating if a letter is upper--or lower--case. I underline upper-case letters when logging my passwords so that I don’t have to try and decipher my handwriting later on. Example: HelpMe2Remember.
Keep your password book handy where you can find it but in a secure location so anyone you don’t want to have access to your accounts won’t.
Computer FAQ GAL - Previous Columns
Computer FAQ GAL
I’ve lived in the Randle area for the past 20 years, moving here from Kent in 1999 to get out of the city life and never looked back. I have three children, my oldest daughter lives in Seattle and the younger daughter and son live in Randle. I’m blessed with three beautiful grandkids.
I started working with computers in the early 80’s when I worked at the Air Traffic Control Center (FAA) in Auburn, WA. I worked there for 12 years and eventually ended up in the computer lab overseeing new Air Traffic Control students doing their required computer training. From there, I took a job with Boeing in their Computer Based Training department developing the computer training materials that airplane customers receive when they buy Boeing’s planes. Except for a few Boeing layoffs and re-hires, I worked there until 2015 when our department was disolved and the work moved elsewhere to save money.
Since leaving Boeing I have worked at a variety of jobs in the valley. While working at Fischer’s Market I met Robert. After he learned of my computer background he told me he was wanting to retire at some point and was looking for someone to work with him and possibly pass the torch to. For the past 6 months or so I’ve been working as his assistant and learning his business. On March 31, I officially purchased ComputerFAQ from him and am very excited to continue his work.
Please send your questions to