A word about passwords, security, and common sense.

Did you know that there are 10,000 passwords out there which are used by 98.8% of all people on the Internet?

It’s true – people use easy to guess passwords such as “12345″ or “password” for things without giving any thought to the potential threat.

Allow me to present a scenario :

I want to get access to your BANK account, but I can’t because you are smart…  You chose a long string of random numbers and letters for your bank password.  Your weak e-mail password is guessed, or cracked by me though, through the use of about 10 minutes of time and a free piece of software.

Now that I am in your e-mail inbox, I go to Facebook.com and hit the “I forgot my password” button.  That password is then sent to your e-mail inbox.  Now I can log into your Facebook account.  From there I gather all sorts of great demographic information, such as your date of birth and your mother’s maiden name.

Next I go to your bank account and hit their “Forgotten Password” button.  I am asked some questions that *only you should know* such as mother’s maiden name, or D.O.B…  Presto – since I was able to verify that I am you, a link to reset the password for your bank account is sent to your e-mail.

The e-mail account that you thought had nothing important in it…

Please, people, pick three passwords and stick with them.

Bank Accounts, Utility Accounts, or any accounts that would have access to tax information : REALLY HARD password…  10 or more letters and numbers, such as : buLawOrk!4433

Facebook, E-mail, or other sites with critical information : TOUGH password… 7-10 *random* letters and numbers, such as : SkLoT?12

Throwaways accounts, like for commenting on news articles, need a : MEDIUM password… 5-7 letters and numbers, such as : CaT123

Notice how I used upper and lowercase letters, as well as punctuation?  Those increase the difficulty of cracking your password dramatically.  Simply adding an exclamation point, for instance, can increase the length of time that it takes to crack a password from 1 day all the way to 1,000 years.

Please, people, don’t share your passwords.  If you must write them down, put them somewhere safe… and finally – make them secure.

How my Chiropractor gave me hope!

This is the story of how my Chiropractor gave me hope.

A few months ago while sitting at my desk I had massive pain right square in the middle of my back.  One of my customers, a local Chiropractor, had recently made a small print order so I decided to give them a ring and make an appointment to see if anything could be done to help me.  In the past anytime I had pain of this type I went to the doctors office and EVERY time I went they gave me a hand full of ibuprofen and sent me on my way.  One time the pain was so bad I thought I was having a heart attack. The pain in my back was so intense that it radiated through my chest.

“Enough is enough” is exactly where I was. Unable to get help from the Doctor and very frustrated with the situation I was willing to try almost anything. Dr. Tim to the rescue!  Upon arrival at his office I was greeted and given a detailed consultation as to what the problem was.  Upon further evaluation we decided that I would be a better fit as a regular patient.  My problem could only be relieved with an aggressive treatment.   “Oh no,” I thought, “aggressive treatment – that sounds rough.”  I was soon to learn that was not the case.  Aggressive did not actually mean hurtful or painful it meant that I had to be devoted to seeing him 3x a week for a while then less frequently as the problem went away.  As I began to think about it for a minute I realized that it was a no brainier — I just needed relief.  Over the next few weeks the pain gave way to other small pains in different parts of my back and body.  I called Dr. Tim and he explained that these pains are part of the healing process and that they would go away.  Within a short time they did start to subside.  These pains were my body compensating to make way for healing and when they started to go away this is the first time I had felt true relief in a long while.

Needless to say I was very happy and went home and explained this to my wife.  She is on her feet all day and has had neck problems for a very long time.  To make a long story short she too went to see Dr. Tim and his wife Dr. Cindy.  Yes they are both Chiropractors.  That is a whole story in itself when you realize that they both got their degrees while raising a family and living their lives at the same time.   WOW!  I was in awe of this for a while then when I got to know them both as people I can see how they have came so far.

At Gooder Labs, LLC. (my company) we do a lot of things but the our principle belief  is simple:  Do business as you do life and live it with good people!  I can now personally and as a company recommend Dr. Tim and Dr. Cindy to all of my friends and business associates.  They are the  dynamic duo of Chiropratic and two folks I feel very good about.  Please welcome them to the Tri-Cities area and show them some support.

Dr’s Tim and Cindy Dunne at Spine and Sports Chiropractic

https://www.facebook.com/Spineandsportschiro?ref=hl

LG’s BBQ In spite of the ODDS!

Over the next three months we will be launching a promotional campaign using various forms of advertising and social media.  All sales inquiries in relation to LG’s must come through Gooder Labs, LLC.  All the funds collected from this activity will go to funding Lynnette and LG’s BBQ.

We are going to use kickstarter.com and indiegogo.com to fund our projects and products and try to accomplish funding for major upgrades and equipment without resorting to Lynnette having to sign her life away to the bank.  If you are not familiar with this type of funding please visit the site and get signed up and check them out.

The funding from these adventures will go toward upgrading LG’s BBQ decor and equipment.  If you don’t know much about LG’s story, well – it is a good one.  Single mom of 4 kids scrapes and claws her way into the restaurant business — she used no banks had no major backers and used faith and determination to break into a male dominated BBQ restaurant market.  Friends helped along the way but all in all work ethic and will power helped her maintain her footing through the daunting task of opening a restaurant.

So here we are against all odds. LG’s BBQ is still alive though businesses are closing at a fierce rate around her.   Things look good in the long haul for LG’s but for now each and every day is a struggle to pay the bills.  In comes crowd funding, daily deals, and Gooder Labs to combine efforts and help fund the dream!  So please frequent LG’s, spend some money on a true LOCAL story and help make it successful in spite of the odds!

 

 

Conventional Lending is GOING GOING ……….

Old traditions in money lending are about to face their demise.  Over the past few years many of the old ways of doing business are gone and will not be coming back.   We live in a time when inventors, artists and true entrepreneurship have a chance to shine.  With the rise of the crowd funding or crowd sourcing movement (as some call it) we can expect to see great changes in the way that ideas come to life.   Imagine a world where if a person has an idea for an invention or great business idea he or she can actually get the money to fund the project or product without asking uncle Billy to co-sign or asking mom to put her house up for collateral.  This is exactly with world we live in right now, gone are the days of filling out the credit application and waiting for the bank to decide if you are worthy.  Lets let the public decide or the crowd take over the funding of your idea.

All you have to do to get an idea of the power of crowd funding is visit Kickstarter.com and check out a few of the completed projects.  Our company, Gooder Labs LLC., has changed our focus to new product development and the new philosophy “let the people decide!”  We will NEVER again borrow money to start a project.  Why would we, when that is now old fashioned?

Harness the power of the Internet, spark an idea, make a compelling video and something worth seeing, and run a kickstarter.com campaign to get it going.  Like anything else worth doing this is not an easy endeavor as only the most well thought ideas with the best efforts behind them will gain the maximum funding level.

It will take a while for the lending world as we know it to actually feel the heat from this movement but over time they will undoubtedly have to make some big changes if they want to keep up with this trend.  This being said I am sure that over time Government Regulation, busy body rule making and just flat out fear of the unknown will be issues faced by the crowd funding movement.

This phenomenon (crowd funding) is still in the embryo stage and some folks believe God is birthing the movement.   Hand in hand with the Makers, collaborators, barn raisers and communal living folks this movement is slowly changing the world.  In my personal opinion this is a train that comes by a few times in life and if you let it pass you will once again find yourself saying “maybe next time.”  Get a move on!  Sign up for the crowd funding movement at www.kickstarter.com and www.indiegogo.com.  More to come……

Re: Re: Re: Fwd: A treatise on #hashtags, twitter, and spam #lovecraft #mythos #cthulhu

If, through your skillful choice of domain name you want to try and corner the market on a particular topic on the Interweb Net Machine (full of tubes) then you are likely to receive tweets from those who want to further your business and theirs.  Likewise, if you place a #hashtag in your posts announcing “Hey!  I am interested in this!” then you may get an occasional tweet or email from someone who has the same interest.

Recently while trying to promote an upcoming project full of awesome I contacted, via tweet, a “writer” by the name of Mike Davis.  He wanted to let me know that sending him a single Tweet is somehow the same as spamming him.  No mention was made of the fact that his website specifically requests user submissions, but I digress.  Anyway, in this apparent “SPAMMING” session I also contacted seven other people via Twitter to let them know about an exciting new deck of cards in which their readers or followers may be interested.

When Mike said this to me initially I wanted to give him a few choice words and move on, but that’s not how I operate.  Instead, I really think I need clarification on this issue.  I think the awful monster SPAM is closer to the Wiki definition (for this click HERE.)  So instead of bashing him I want to thank him.  Now I am motivated to make a GOODER place for folks to discuss everything Lovecraft.   This place to discuss all things monster will be located at the corner of Fall and Marsh St. in Innsmouth, Mass. and on the web HERE.  Please if you see us posting anywhere about anything you are interested in feel free to message us in any way you see fit.  I won’t consider it spam.

Two decks of cards are in production!

We are currently producing two very special decks of playing cards – an H.P. Lovecraft themed deck and a Tattoo Flash deck!

These decks are going to be Kickstarter projects for Justin.  We plan on launching these for funding on the Kickstarter website.  The cards will be  manufactured by the US Playing Card company under the Bicycle Registered Trademark.  The art is in the works as I type this – it is a very exciting time in our business!

Edit by Coleson : What’s that you say?  You want to see a sample?  Okay, then…  How about the KING OF SPADES and the JACK OF SPADES :

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