Software and hardware

Strengthening your passwords

This won't be new but the detail might be sufficiently interesting to make you do something about it.

There's no need to re-explain the context in detail. In brief: the passwords we use for our on-line accounts need to be strong. A strong password is one that takes more time to crack using "brute force".

Backup belt and braces

Having suffered hard disk failures in the past and having been responsible for client data (software and websites) for around 17 years I admit to being paranoid about data loss. I try to operate as if all hard disks are bound to fail when you least expect them to and I therefore have in place backup strategies that try to minimise the impact of this when it happens.