Sunday, December 18th

Today, Patti and I drove from Phoenix, Arizona, down to Marana, Arizona, just West of Tucson, to visit several members of Patti’s family.

Among them was Patti’s niece Eryn, who is easily one of the most important people in Patti’s life. Eryn and I got to visiting and we touched upon the creation and use of “passwords”. Like it or not, other than those few people who are living “under a rock”, all of us have passwords.

As you all know, there are recommendations, and often actual requirements by some firms for passwords.

The most common basic password requirement is : 8 characters minimum. One upper case letter. One lower case letter. One number. One special character.

Eryn was not aware of several websites that will “rate” your password.

Below are links to my three favorites. All are free. None are selling anything.

This interactive brute force search space calculator allows you to experiment with password length and composition to develop an accurate and quantified sense for the safety of using passwords that can only be found through exhaustive search. Please see the discussion below for additional information.

A password should be 16 characters or more; our password-related research has found that 45 percent of Americans use passwords of eight characters or less, which are not as secure as longer passwords.
A password should include a combination of letters, numbers, and characters.
A password shouldn’t be shared with any other account.
A password shouldn’t include any of the user’s personal information like their address or phone number. It’s also best not to include any information that can be accessed on social media like kids’ or pets’ names.
A password shouldn’t contain any consecutive letters or numbers.
A password shouldn’t be the word “password” or the same letter or number repeated.

I hope that maybe, just maybe, one or two of you will find the above to be of interest.

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Today (Monday, December 19th) I will turn in our outstanding rental car and have GMC Black Beauty back with us. It sure has been fun to drive.

Today, I will begin getting us ready to head North to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, this Wednesday to spend the balance of December and all of January into February when we will return to Phoenix for yet addition Mayo Clinic appointments. This will include shopping at both Costco and Sam’s Club to fill our “mobile pantry” with foods that we eat daily that are much less expensive than in the local stores in Lake Havasu City.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, December 20th) Patti has two Mayo Clinic appointments in the afternoon.

Much Joy.. Cap and Patti


    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Thanks so very much Ginny for your heartfelt best wishes and prayers. your support means a lot to both of us. Smiles .. Cap and Patti

  1. Gullible

    Still having fun, huh? I hope it continues.

    As for passwords. Use. I hate when I get caught in an online cycle with “forgetting” a password, requiring a code to prove I’m me to be entered online, then trying the password again, requiring a code be sent and entered online to reset the password, password not accepted because it’s one I’ve used before, think of a new password, go through the “identify all stairs in these photo “(which you can’t see because the photos are too small, and on and on and on…..

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      OMG Gullible .. Oh My Goodness Gullible .. We all relate to your comment Gullible. It is so aggravating isn’t it ? I couldn’t have said it better than you. And on and on and on … Perfect analysis .. Cap and Patti

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