If nothing else is certain about human beings, we don’t like change and find comfort in habit. Having said that, you may still be shocked to learn that according to new research many people are still using easily-hackable passwords like “12345”.
According to research on the 200 worst passwords “123456” is most commonly used in 2020. With well over 2 million people choosing it. Even with lots of reminders from cybersecurity experts it was found that when comparing terrible passwords from 2020 to those in 2019 there is very little difference.
A company named NordPass looked at a database with over 275 million passwords to find a list of top ten worst passwords used in 2020. Two new ones made the list this year “picture1” and “senha” (meaning password in Portuguese).
2020’s list is as follows:
Many of us will be doing even more online shopping for Christmas this year and a lot of that will be through Amazon. So, with linked and shared accounts and packages coming to the door in just days how do you keep Santa’s secrets when ordering from Amazon.
The online shopping giant as several solutions to this holiday problem. They suggest tracking your packages enroute to your home. Try consolidating deliveries so can plan to be home when all the Christmas gifts arrive.
Users can also archive orders online so the order details won’t be obvious to other account users. They also recommend deleting search history if you have some serious holiday gift snoopers in your home.
Amazon now gives users the ability to track the delivery live, in real time on the way to their home so they can send friends or family members to get packages just as they are delivered. Additionally, Amazon is giving delivery estimates down to 2- or 4-hour windows. Users also now receive photos to confirm their packages have safely been delivered.
Finally, users can use Amazon Key to allow packages to be safely placed in their garage.
As the holidays near now-household known tech/communication company Zoom is already feeling the giving spirit as they announced they are doing away with the meeting time limit of its free meetings for Thanksgiving so virtual family gatherings won’t be interrupted.
On Thanksgiving day, Nov. 26 2020, the 40-minute limit on its free minutes will be lifted globally.
Without the pandemic Zoom probably would remain in the realm of business-only instead of being not only a household name, but a tool that everyday people are using to connect with friends and family.
The platform wasn’t being particularly stingy with it’s 40 minute limit on free meetings as users could simply and quickly just start up another meeting at no cost. Between this and ease of use Zoom is the popular choice among students, teachers and families for group video conferencing.
Paid annual plans are in the $150-$200 range for unlimited meeting minutes making it even more affordable than many cellphone plans (assuming on already has an internet connection and a Zoom capable device).
Without speculating on the duration of the pandemic, many believe that Zoom style education, family interaction and business will remain in the popular domain even after life gets back to normal.
Gabe Newell, Valve gaming company president and billionaire. He will be thanking New Zealand for its hospitality during the pandemic in a strange way—by sending a 3D-printed gnome into space. Yep, like one of those little guys from your grandmother’s flower bed.
Valve makes and publishes video games as well as the PC gaming store Steam. While the company is in Bellevue, Washington. Newell went to the Weta Workshop in New Zealand and got stuck in the country during the pandemic. The titanium gnome was designed by Weta of Avatar, Mulan and Lord of the Rings Fame.
The gnome will be given a lift into space via a Rocket Lab rocket.
Newell is dedicated to donating a dollar for every viewer that watches the live stream of the launch or the recording within the first 24 hours of the launch. The dollars will be given to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland, NZ.
The 6-inch gnome, based on the item “Gnome Chompski” from one of Valve’s famously successful game franchises “Half-Life,” will be released from the rocket 31 miles into space and will burn up upon re-entry into the atmosphere.