It seems like just a few hours ago, WordPress put up a homepage that looks uncannily like Twitter’s:
Online games encompass a huge variety of genres, from FPSes to MMORPGs to Sandbox games, of which my personal favorite, Minecraft, resides. However, all of these big genres over-shadow a small yet important category of games: Room escapes.
These sorts of games are excellent for the wanna-be detective, the future FBI agent, or anyone who enjoys a couple hours of challenging thinking. The objective of each escape game is simple: use the objects provided in a room and find the exit to your freedom. Finding these objects and putting them to good use, however, is an entirely different matter.
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Try telling Password Nazi that your password is strong. Chances are, he’ll probably laugh in your face.
The Password Nazi that I’m taking about is actually a website, PasswordMeter.com. It is by far the most thorough password checker I’ve encountered, checking over 15 aspects affecting PW strength such as number of characters, repeated characters, presence of symbols, and other factors. It takes your password and runs it through several algorithms, which can either add or deduct points based on the characteristics of your password. For example, repeated character will deduct from your score 1 point per character, while symbols earn you six points a piece.
Test out your password, and post your results below. My current password (not telling!) has a score of 70%, even though I consider it quite strong. Unfortunately, 70% will barely let you pass in a high-school class.
On Windows, it’s simple. WinKey + L is all you need to prevent unscrupulous people from taking over your computer when you’re away.
On a Mac, however, the lock feature is hidden within a utility called Keychain Access. Besides being able to lock your screen, Keychain also stores passwords that you use on the computer and online. To enable screen locking:
- Navigate to Keychain Access (Cmd+Space and typing in Keychain should do the trick)
- Go to Preferences,
- In the General Tab, check “Show keychain status in menu bar”. When that is done you should see a lock symbol in your menu bar, like this:
- Click the lock icon, then click Lock Screen. That’s all!
At the time of this post, Minecraft is experiencing a giant service outage. It’s causing major problems for people who want to log on to multiplayer servers.
Fortunately, there is a website that pings Mojang’s servers that run all things Minecraft, namely:
- Login – If this is down, only offline mode will be available
- Session – If this is down you cannot login to multiplayer
- Website – The website cannot be accessed if this is down, but logins should still work
- Skins – All players will show the default skin if this is down