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Tired of having your info compromised online? 1Password is the solution

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As many of you are by now probably aware, LinkedIn was recently hacked, adding another notch in hackers’ belts globally.

The chances are extremely high that yours is among the more than 6 million LinkedIn passwords that were posted online by the Russian hacker who accomplished the feat.

In an effort to mitigate damages, LinkedIn, and a number of different online advocacy groups, have urged LinkedIn users to immediately changes their passwords.

If you haven’t yet, WTF are you waiting for?

But rather than simply use one of your standard passwords (birthday, wife’s name, favorite team, abcd1234, etc.) users are encouraged to utilize password protection and generation services like 1Password, which afford greater security than creating a password yourself.

Most folks use the same passwords over and over again, whenever they create a new online account.

If they don’t use the exact same password, they use some slight variation.

But the reality is that most people don’t really employ the type of password generation and variation strategy online, that would keep any of the sensitive data we routinely share online, particularly secure.

I’ve been using 1Password for a minute now, and I was pleasantly surprised to see it offered as a viable solution to LinkedIn’s present crisis.

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If you’re unfamiliar with 1Password, it’s a service that allows you to store all of your online passwords and accounts in a secure environment.

It also generates unique complex passwords, that are difficult to crack.

But what I’ve found particularly appealing about 1Password, is the fact that it synchronizes between your devices, allowing you the flexibility to access all your accounts and associated passwords from the convenience of your desktop, mobile or tablet device.

I don’t count myself among those whose passwords were compromised, but if you weren’t like me and find yourself racking your brain for a unique password, I suggest you take 1Password for a spin.

And “No” I don’t work for 1Password, nor am I being paid to endorse them.

But if anyone from 1Password catches wind of this, feel free to break a brotha off!

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I’ve got no Klout? Gimme a break!

I’m like a gangsta without a gun…I’ve got no Klout!

I just created an account on Klout and was appalled to discover that I had an influence rating of 10.

10!

Mind you, the Klout measures influence on a scale from 1 to 100.

So you can imagine my shock to learn that I had the influence of a kumquat.

In my professional self, I regularly discuss influence as measured by services like PeerIndex, Twitalyzer and Klout, as points of reference for how individuals and entities can assess the impact of their social media.

But I hadn’t thought of the type of influencer I was.

I publish a blog for chrissakes!

True. I haven’t published very regularly since April…

And I’ve completely fallen off the wagon on Facebook…

Can’t recall the last time I pushed a flick up on Flickr either…

But of course I have influence!

I’m registered with virtually every social media platform (of significance) under the sun.

When I signed up with Klout, I registered my Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, WordPress and Instagram accounts.

Even though I’ve got a Blogger and Tumblr account, I left those ones out because I rarely use them (but perhaps I’ll go back in an add those too….hmm).

And every so often, folks comment on my blog posts, retweet my tweets, share my Facebook updates, watch my videos and generally seem to respond to my virtual ramblings.

But clearly not enough for Klout to feel that I have real influence!

Damn you Klout!

Now I’m not really smarting about my dismal Klout rating.

Yes I am.

But it does present a compelling case study for how influential one really is online.

Prior to registering with Klout, I had received numerous requests from friends and associates (via Facebook) to join Klout.

To me, it was yet another app fracturing my attention online, that I would have to show some love.

Unless, it’s one of those truly useful apps, that runs in the background, without you having to log in and actually do anything, and actually provides value, I’m sure it will go the way of many of the social media platforms/applications vying for users/user attention, and fall into obsolescence once the sheen wears off.

But who knows, I may find Klout truly useful and have a change of heart.

I doubt it.

The relationship with Klout has already started off a bit too rocky for my taste…

…an influence rating of 10…

Klout you’ve got some m*tha f*ckin’ nerve!

PS If you’re within the sound of my blog, please throw some K’s on a bruh!

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