Elaina Buzzell

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A Reminder about Passwords

Like many this morning, I logged in to my email to find an urgent note from Zappos advising me to change my passwords after a security. As much as I let out some audible groans when I saw that note, I was very glad to see them being proactive in their response, and keeping their reputation as great customer stewards in tact. Read the rest of this entry »

Passwords, Security and Social Media

In the last month, I have received two Twitter direct messages from different nonprofits that had their accounts hacked.  The direct messages were pretending to warn me about bad photos or blog posts that they have seen about me, and then giving me a shortened URL that purported to give me the evidence. Read the rest of this entry »


XKCD's recent comic on password securityIf you don’t read the web-comic XKCD, I highly recommend that you start doing so now. Self-billed as a “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language”, it provides great insights to life and technology.

That said, last Wednesday’s comic on password security was definitely an eye opener for me. I recently wrote a blog post for NPower Northwest on creating password policies for nonprofit organizations, and I may well be making an update to that soon. On the whole, the advice there is still the same: Create solid passwords, don’t re-use them on multiple sites/logins, change them regularly and educate staff on password best practices. Read the rest of this entry »