DEAR HELOISE: Do you have any hints for online passwords? I know security is a big issue for everyone, and I want to make sure I am protecting myself.
- Pat, via email
DEAR READER: The best thing you can do is make sure your password is strong and not easily figured out. Here are some suggestions:
Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers.
Substitute symbols for letters. For example, a “$” for an “s.”
Think of a sentence and use only the first letter from each word. Example, “My dog’s name is Spot” equals MDNIS.
Don’t use things like birth dates, ZIP codes or phone numbers. They are too easy to find out!
Make up a password and then reverse it, such as “Date time” becomes “Emitetad.”
It’s best not to use the same password on multiple sites, especially ones such as banking, credit card, etc.
Use these simple hints to better protect yourself, and you will feel more secure.
DEAR HELOISE: Regarding your hint from Kim in Michigan about taking a picture of your name and address for camera identification: For security at home while traveling, do not put your home address or phone number on your bags or personal items. Put your office address and/or cellphone number for a contact.
- Ann in Houston
DEAR READER: How right you are. For those who may not have an office address, use a friend’s, or just use a cellphone number.
DEAR HELOISE: You once had directions about how to keep towels soft and fluffy. I have misplaced the directions. Would you please reprint them?
- Verlyn in Texas
DEAR READER: The problem most likely is that the detergent is not being completely rinsed out. To find out if this is so, put the towels in the washer with no detergent and run a cycle. If you see suds, too much detergent.
To remove the buildup, wash the towels (only towels) in hot water and use baking soda or washing soda only. Add a cup or two, and do use a second rinse. Baking soda should be in every household. Does your laundry have an odor? Add a half cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle to wash away the smell.
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email Heloise@Heloise.com
MovieStyle, Pages 34 on 10/04/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS