Lately there have been articles about passwords being stolen for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google. Click here to read the most recent story. Many of the stolen passwords were weak ones. In the article they mentioned: “123456”, “123456789”, “1234”, and “password.” Many people use their name, children names or other words that are easy to remember but it is information that can be easily found by criminals to hack your account. Why don’t people create strong passwords? Because they are hard to remember. But there is good news. There are techniques you can use to create and remember strong passwords. The easiest method is to take the first letter of a phrase and add special characters and numbers. Plus you need to use upper and lower case characters. Make sure you password is at least 8 characters in length.
“How to be a great writer” translates to: H2bAgW@38 or H2baGR8wrtr!
Many people will tell you to not write down your password and of course that makes it harder to remember them. You can write them down – just be careful. I would never store a listing of my passwords and what they are being used for stored on my computer. I would suggest reviewing all your passwords and changing any weak passwords. I do not believe there are any standards to create a strong password. The Password Meter may help provide more guidance on creating a strong password.
Now on to the cooking….. I adore twice-baked potatoes – they are such a special treat! However, I do not always have the time to make them. As an alternative I make them as a casserole. I cannot give you exact measurements since it will depend upon how many potatoes you use plus your own taste tests. Below is my basic recipe.
Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
Light sour cream
Light cream cheese
Light cream or milk
Cheddar cheese, optional
Green onions, optional
Boil the cubed potatoes like you do for mashed potatoes. Once tender I like to drain them and put them back onto the stovetop for about a minute to remove any excess moisture. Mix the potatoes until smooth. Then add your ingredients. I like to make my smooth and creamy, but you can also leave them a bit chunky or thicker. Sometimes I serve mine at this point; however you can place them into a casserole and top with cheddar cheese or any other topping and bake. Then you will truly have a twice-bake potatoe casserole!