#TechTalk: Lousy Passwords & Like-Less Posts


Your password sucks.

So does his.

So does her's.

All of our passwords suck.

Why?

Because we have like 25 different online accounts and there's no possible way that we could ever remember 25 different passwords that are actually complex enough to really provide proper security for our information. It's hard enough to remember one of those weird, long passwords like "jk34hfH47$35OPTB," much less 25 of them.

And don't try to tell me that your passwords are solid. Harris and Google poll results outlined in USA Today show that about a quarter of people use extremely simple passwords, a third of people use their pet's name, and over a half incorporate a name or birthday, all of which are easily guessed or cracked.

Google is adding a new Password Checkup feature in Chrome to go along with its Google Account Password Manager in order to help you keep your stuff safe.

The feature will let you know if your passwords are:

  1. Too Weak
  2. Reused On Multiple Accounts
  3. Compromised Via 3rd-Party Breach

These new protections will go into effect by the end of the year.

"Likes" are basically Facebook currency.

Well, what happens when you take that currency away?

That's exactly what Facebook intends on finding out.

They're implementing a little experiment in Australia from users can't see how many "likes" someone else's post has received. According to CNN, the poster will still be able to see all of the likes and reactions that they get, but no one else will be able to see that information.

(Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is trying out a similar experiment in Canada and a few other countries.)

Why?

"We are running a limited test where like, reaction, and video view counts are made private across Facebook. We will gather feedback to understand whether this change will improve people's experiences."

So, it looks like this experiment has a chance to become permanent if users respond positively to it.

Plus Microsoft is rolling out the Surface Duo!

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