Archives for February 2015

If You Can Remember Your Password, It's Probably Not Secure

Recently on the Genealogy for Technology Facebook group, someone asked about password managers. I am a fan of 1Password, but there are others out there that work just as well. Password managers work by creating a new randomly generated password for each site you create a login for. Those passwords are stored along with your username in an encrypted database that is protected by a master password. (In order to work well, your master password should be difficult to crack.) Some systems have their own servers for syncing and some use Dropbox or other cloud-based storage systems. I use 1Password with Dropbox and it syncs my password database across all of my devices almost instantaneously. These password managers allow you to isolate each account from all of the others by using a hard to crack password that isn't used anywhere else. Read More »

Genealogy Research: Start Simple

I attended Heritage Day at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley last weekend. It was a great program (and free!) and in addition to hearing 2 fantastic seminars by Sharon Hodges, I was able to help solve a genealogy brick wall. The attendee sitting next to me was discussing a photo of her great grandfather in an unidentified uniform, and my curiosity got the best of me and I asked to see the photo. She wanted to discover what service and war (if any) the uniform was from and was not having any luck.

What we started with... Read More »