Dancing with the Stars 2017

Dancing with the Stars at Cresskill HS Friday March 31st.

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Password Security

Yea, this has nothing to do with Photography….and everything to do with my day job as a web developer, but password security is such a big issue that I’ve got to say something.

What are the best passwords? Long, random passwords. How do you remember them? You probably can’t. That’s the point.

Believe it or not, password cracking algorithms that assemble every bit of data about a person; old phone numbers, relatives, pet’s names, birthdays, schools, addresses and then combine them  with the most common passwords, so the further you can get from what is normal the more secure you are.

But First –Don’t re-use usernames/ passwords

One of the biggest security holes is reusing the same usernames and passwords on multiple websites. If any  website you use is hacked, hackers will try these usernames and passwords on other sites, so the little website that get’s hacked could open up your info on the big important site. And whether it’s Home Depot, Target, or your camera club that get’s hacked, if you’ve re-used that info your vulnerable.

Writing down passwords is only as secure as where you’ve written them down. 

If they are on your computer and your computer gets hacked, your passwords get hacked. If your list gets stolen, your password are hacked.

  • Written down lists can be stored under lock and key, kept on secure and encrypted thumb drives and/or secured with password managing programs.The classic handwritten piece of paper or notebook is only as secure as where it’s stored .(In the tech thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ its a password hidden under a deck blotter). That doesn’t mean that a list isn’t a good solution, but be really careful with that list.
  • A freestanding program you install on your computer such as KeePass. The advantage of these free-standing programs is you don’t have to trust anyone else, though of course you’re trusting a program that’s too complicated for most of us to understand. But Consumer Report’s recommended it.
  • Or there are a number of programs that you store your password online. LastPass,  1password.com and a bunch of others. Here’s a recent article from PC Magazine listing a bunch.

Of course that leaves you at least one uncrackable password you need to remember. But one or even a few is lot easier to keep track of than many.

Some password creation / remembering tricks include:

  • Several randomly chosen words. Use a dictionary, make it random.
  • The first letter(s) of a long phrase. For example, ‘Wttpoalsdoivroaasaac4rs2isap’ is very secure but you could probably remember to type the first letters of  ‘We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to its security and peace.’ (Adlai E. Stevenson)

Other security holes:

Don’t email passwords. If your email unless you use encrypted email because if email gets hacked, your password get’s hacked. Old school dictating over the phone is pretty secure, lastPass premium offers shared options. Since many people and websites will email you a password, when you get a password via unencrypted email that’s the change the password right away.

As for sending them to other you can use a one time message senders online  such as 1ty.me as well as some secure ways to send email .
Change passwords often, especially on important sites like your password programs, financial sites.
If somehow someone has hacked into one of these systems and you don’t know it, changing the password will lock them out. And needless to say if someone has left your employee or your life and has access to important passwords, change them. Even if you don’t think  they would be malicious change them for your security and to keep suspicion from falling on them and necessarily damaging the relationship further if you do get hacked. 
When in doubt about a security compromise, change the password(s).

Online Security in General

Though I really wanted to address password security the bigger theme here is overall online security. When sharing sensitive information online:

  1. Use a modern and up to date browser. If you want to surf on something else or, as is often the case, your company’s internet is on an ancient version of Internet Explorer, don’t use the old browser for sensitive info.
    In descending order of security this would be:

    1. Chrome
    2. Firefox
    3. Safari
    4. Internet Explorer.
  2. Make sure the site is secure – All of the above browsers will display a lock icon in the browser bar.
  3. Don’t save credit cards on websites(if you can avoid it) and be suspicious of sites that insist you save cards. It takes a few more seconds to type a credit card and you can save time by storing them in keepass or on your encrypted thumb drive.
  4. Though secure browsing should close things down, be careful on public wifis as well as what you do on your phone or tablet.

Lastly I’m not inventing this stuff. I took most of this from Consumer Reports article ‘Hack-proof Your Passwords’. Consumer Reports aren’t super geniuses, just folks who use common sense (and don’t take advertising so aren’t influenced by advertisers). You won’t get pro photo advice from Consumer Reports, but you’ll get a camera that takes descent shots. Same with password security. Following this advice won’t make you a security expert, but you’ll lock out the average hacker who wants to steal your money.

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Hackensack River Fireworks

Well, it wasn’t my most successful trip, what with vast unexpected crowds in Johnson Park, rain, darkness. Still 7 of us managed to hit the water and see the fireworks after a quick trip home for extra rain gear. At least 2 folks missed hooking up due to the unexpected crowds…DSC00480.JPG DSC00472.JPG DSC00471.JPG

Below are some pictures taken from my boat in 2013 (as well as 1 of the NY skyline) when it wasn’t raining and I could use the good camera.

And paddling in the Hack is not for the very squeamish…a fair amount of litter, lots of mud and some downright toxic stuff down in the Meadowlands. But it’s also full of bird life that’s habituated to humans and some stretches like above route 4 or in the back channels of the Meadowlands can feel remote, even if you never get away from the sound of cars.

For anyone who wants to try it high tide is a lot better than low and I use this tide chart and there’s a whole ton of places you can launch on the Hack.   orig-on-sea_070413_tomhartphoto__mg_8124.jpg orig-on-sea_070413_tomhartphoto__mg_8123.jpg orig-on-sea_070413_tomhartphoto__mg_8122.jpg orig-on-sea_070413_tomhartphoto__mg_8120.jpg orig-on-sea_070413_tomhartphoto__mg_8119.jpg TomHartPhoto_092014_img_6756.jpg

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Mother’s Day America’s Cup racing on the Hudson

Spent Mother’s Day with my mother and a few hundred thousand others watching the foiling catamarans get foiled by the funky winds and tides of the Hudson. With the river barely a mile wide and 50 story buildings to windward and the outgoing tide just raging I’m sure it was seriously challenging sailing…but I do wish they’d been able to stay up on the foils. So what we saw was really a catamaran race. 3 years ago we would have thought that was exciting.

Still it was a beautiful day and how lucky am I that my Mother could enjoy it and deal with these massive crowds. And the few seconds we saw them up on their foils makes me want to travel to see them at a location with better wind…or maybe they’ll listen to me and do it again next year south and east of Liberty State Park.

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Teaneck Color Run

It started really late, nearly the entire pack was lost with only the top 5 finishers running the course and the rest showing up at the finish from the wrong direction many minutes late…but they had a great time and it’s a nice part of Teaneck, nestled as it is up against I-95 (and Teaneck Creek Nature Center).

Results, such as they were, at bestrace.com/results/16/160507TN5.HTM .There’s  a huge gap after the fifth finisher…obviously where the leaders got a gap and everyone else got off course.

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Taste of Paramus 2016

Good food to help the underserved in Paramus. Not the toughest job in the world. cTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5545.jpg cTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5547.jpg cTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5559.jpg cTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5569.jpg cTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5572.jpg cTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5576.jpg cTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5585.jpg cTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5592.jpg cTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5599.jpg cTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5600.jpg cTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5605.jpg cTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5627.jpg sTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5534.jpg sTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5538.jpg sTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5578.jpg sTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5581.jpg sTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5604.jpg sTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5617.jpg sTomHartPhoto_041216_img_5624.jpg

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Dancing with the Stars at Cresskill High Again.

Josette Diaz leading the band at Dancing with The Stars 10 at Cresskill HS

Josette Diaz leading the band

Seri ParkOnce again had the pleasure of shooting dancing with the Stars at Cresskill High School. Pro dancers and student dancers from Barbara Muller’s social dancing gym class. Highlighted  this  year by the addition of the Cresskill High School Rock Band to join the Jazz Band.
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Dancing with the Stars in Cresskill

Once again had the pleasure of shooting dancing with the Stars at Cresskill Highschool. Pro dancers and student dancers from Barbara Muller’s social dancing gym class. Highlighted again this  year by the addition of the Cresskill High School Jazz Band. The show featured the school’s social dance students, two professional dance couples,  Jean Michel Erole and Larisa Mikryukova, and Arturas Misurenkovas and Oksana Zaver.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

s5-case-modified s5-in-caseGeeky I know but as a photographer I’m really pleased with the low light capacity of this phone, as a paddler I’ve yet to test the waterproofness but 3 foot submersion is huge for me. It’s embarrassing the number of phones (2) and point and shoot cameras (2) that have drowned in puddles and improperly closed dry bags. Continue reading

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Taste of Paramus

9th annual taste of Paramus Presented by The Education Foundation of the Paramus Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the

The Grand Ballroom at The Assyrian Orthodox Church, 644 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ

An evening sampling signature dishes from top area restaurants and wine tasting from Stew Leonard’s Wines of Paramus.

100% of the proceeds are awarded to Paramus student projects.

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