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12/14/14
Watch-Outs. 75. Passwords, Investments at year end, Microbiomics
Filed under: Networking, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 6:40 pm

What strategy do you use to store, manage and keep your
passwords secure?  It is a common problem that companies
are developing strategies to devise and make profits.  Topic
one offers comments on software for managing secure
passwords.

When we travel now we realize baggage fees
could amount to a quarter of the airline cost.
It is one logical reason to fly the no-bag-
fees airlines or acquire a credit card that has
bags fly free.  Other strategies to keep costs
down are cited.

We all like it when our investments increase.  Sometimes
they don’t.  Even still we know that we can sell at a loss
and reduce the loss impact via a taking a loss.  Despite
not wanting to take a loss, sometimes it is a solid
action.

Microbiome updates.  I think these two are worth
looking at.

MANAGING YOUR SITE PASSWORDS
SOURCE:  WSJ 12-10-14, p. D1  Personal Technology,
“New Way to Secure Passwords all at once?

The article promotes Dashlane to do something we
all face– manage our site passwords for computers,
cellphones, and tablets.  The comments to this article
offer both problems with Dashlane and alternatives
.

An oldschool approach is to write them down on a
notebook in your desk that you constantly update.
This gets to be 5-6 pages long.

Double entry security and some personal biometric
approach offers other possible secure sign-ins.

AIRLINE BAG FEE COST REDUCTION
SOURCE:  C. Hill, Marketwatch,
9 secrets for outsmarting airline baggage fees
What is nice about this article is that it is current
and offers the latest policy changes.

Worth looking at if you are traveling soon,
have a baggage problem and it is “on your dime.”

END OF YEAR INVESTMENT LOSSES
SOURCE:  J. Burton, WSJ 12-8-14. p. R4
How to be smart about your losses
Article talks a little about the psychological
challenge of taking a loss.  In offsetting capital
gains, it can be worthwhile. 

The article points out where you might have
losses.  Then it addresses your investment
style after the run-up in stocks this year.

The author rationally notes evaluating management
changes, performance departures, and shifts in
process thinking in the investment.

MICROBIOME
SOURCES:  R. L. Stevenson, American Laboratory
Dec. 2014, p. 6, “Our life and death relationship with
bacteria
.”
American Laboratory Dec. 2014, p. 6
WSJ, 11-18-14, p. D4, “In the gut, the mix of
bacteria can affect your weight
?
Suggestions are that more than a dozen ailments
and diseases are influenced by the bacteria and
that antibiotics influence system wide changes
in ways we might not anticipate.  The WSJ looks
at it pretty objectively, not for making immediate
profit.

Echoing a similar theme is Bob Stevenson’s
editorial that speaks to the lifelong effects of
antibiotics and a helpful precaution on personal
safety– wearing gloves, use of hand sanitizers,
and hand washing. 
Good conscientious reading!

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