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DigitalChris’ rule of made-up words ending in vowels

When creating a compound word that will result in an elision of two vowels, use an apostrophe to avoid confusion. Example: nazi’ing vs naziing (which can be easily confused with the made-up word “na-ziiiiing” or a sound made as one yanks on a person’s nose).


Update and manage your KeePass password database

Previously, we discussed why you need to have a secure, distributed password manager like KeePass.

Now we will go over the details of how best to use KeePass to update all your passwords to be secure and distinct.

Your first choice is to decide whether to input your own password, or have KeePass generate a password for you.  If you’re going to fully commit to using KeePass, there’s nothing wrong with using the cryptographically strong, random passwords  it generates. However some people like to take a “hands on” approach, possibly still being able to memorize your password.

KeePass' Add Entry Dialog

KeePass’ Add Entry Dialog

Title: You want to give the entry a descriptive title, so you know where to use it.

Icon: KeePass lets you customize the icon that goes with this entry. Not necessary, but can it can make it easier to find what you want in a long list if the icon reminds you where you should use this password.

User Name: This one is important, and has to match whatever the actual user name is that you’re going to use to log in. Otherwise, later when we have KeePass auto-type for us, it will fail.

URL: You can use the URL to have KeePass actually open sites for you to the login. The URL is also used when integrating KeePass with the browser, so KeePass can fill in the correct user name and password for different sites.

Password: This is the reason we’re doing all this! You’ll notice it shows a series of  “asterisks” (really dots). This is a password that KeePass has already generated for you.  To see it, click the “Show/Hide Password” button.

You will see the password, by default a 20 character random string. You can alter the length of the automatically generated passwords, as well as what types of characters are allowed, by clicking the “Generate a password” button, and selecting “Open Password Generator”. Doing so will Bring up the following:

KeePass parameters for automatic password generation


Manage your passwords with KeePass

Who needs a password manager anyway?

In this modern era, more and more critical information is stored behind passwords. Access to your money, your private conversations, pictures, grades,  and more… increasingly almost every aspect of your life is locked using only a few letters and numbers.  How do you secure all this information, on so many sites, and keep it from getting into the wrong hands?

One thing you never want to do is use the same password all over the place, or you could end up like this tech “expert”.  But how are you supposed to keep track of them all? Saving them in your browser is less than ideal. Writing them down can be disastrous. Memorizing all your passwords becomes increasingly complex as you increase the number of accounts you maintain.  Oh, and you’re supposed to change them regularly?  Suddenly the task is next to impossible.

What you need is a way to manage all your passwords, while keeping them safe from prying eyes yet available to you without fear of losing them.

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