Ask Leo! #752 – The State of Passwords in 2019

Passwords. Ugh. So many to keep track of, and the rules keep changing. You'd think by now we'd have better solutions, but passwords are here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. This week I review the state of passwords nearly two decades into the 21st century.

Speed. Ugh. There's almost nothing more frustrating than a slow computer. Let's review my top ten list of things to look at to speed up your computer.

Storage. OK, no "ugh" here. If you have old external hard drives lying around, like I do, it's not hard to set them up for use as additional storage for all the machines on your local network. Kind of your own makeshift NAS, like I have.

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The State of Passwords in 2019

Passwords have been in the news a lot lately, mostly due to various breaches at an assortment of online service providers.

I want to briefly touch on four topics:

  • Best practices: what makes a good password
  • Storage strategies: how to securely keep track of it all
  • Two-factor authentication: protection against breaches
  • The possible death of the password as an security identifier

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How Can I Boost My Laptop's Performance?

How can I optimize my laptop's performance in Windows 10?

Honestly, my advice isn't Windows 10-specific. It applies to almost any edition of Windows.

And it also doesn't apply to only laptops.

Let's review my “Top 10” list of things to do for speed.

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Can I Use External Hard Drives as NAS Storage?

Yes. Yes you can.

I do it myself.

But first we have to make sure we're on the same page when it comes to defining what a NAS is.

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