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When Should I Choose to Remember My Password?

One of our regular readers emailed us to ask this very simple question When Should I Choose to Remember Password on websites and on my PC?. Looking at the question I remembered a big mistake I had made in the past, so let me tell you about that before I give you the solution.

Must Read: 4 Unique Tools to Generate Strong Passwords

This is a real situation I have faced in life, and my work colleagues can vouch for it.

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The Unwanted Situation of Remembering Passwords in Public Locations

I once had to stay home, and had the convenience of internet access. The problem arose when my internet provider suddenly went offline, and I had urgent work to do.

I went across to a local internet cafe and logged onto to follow up with my colleagues, and let them know that my home internet connection was down.

Unfortunately for me the electricity at that internet cafe went off. Now I moved to another cafe to continue discussing with my colleagues.

After about 15 minutes of chatting with my colleagues my Yahoo chat session started acting very weird. It kept on logging off, and when I did login eventually it kept logging me out.

This kept on happening for 20-30 minutes till one of my colleagues called me and said, Why the heck are you sending weird messages to us?.

I was practically bamboozled. I tried logging into to Yahoo over and over again but every time I was logged out. That is when I actually looked at the message. It said, You have been signed out because you signed in on a different computer or device.

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I was puzzled as I usually use very strong passwords, and there was no chance that someone could easily access it.

What was my mistake?

Little did I realize that while I logged onto Messenger in both the internet cafes, I had selected both Sign in automatically and Remember my ID & password. I always did that on my home PC for convenience and followed that trend all over.

Later on I came to know that the electricity in the other internet cafe came up, and someone else who started using the same PC got access to my account, since I had chosen the Remember my password option.

I quickly went ahead and changed my password to resolve the issue and then apologized to all my colleagues, explaining about the problem that had occurred.

When Should You Use Remember My Password?

The feature of remembering passwords offered by websites and applications including web browsers is extremely useful. However, never use that option in a public place or you might end up in much worse situation than me.

In addition to that, buy a portable flash drive and dump a portable browser, and a whole host of other useful that will allow you to continue working privately without having to store anything on the public computer you are accessing.

What else? How do you securely and privately access internet in public places? Do share your thoughts and horror stories in the comments.

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User Recommendation Marathon #2

It’s been more than 3 years since this blog was started and we have been writing lots of articles out here, many of them answer user questions, which we try to answer to the best of our ability, either through a blog post or directly responding through email.

More than a year ago we also held a user recommendation marathon where we wrote several user recommended posts based on your suggestions, and we are back with the second edition of the user recommendation series.

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Once again we want to take a backseat and let our readers tell us what they want us to write about, so go ahead and tell us, BTW here is some background about this series.

What is User Recommendation Marathon?

User Recommendation Marathon is a series where we will write posts based on what readers want us to write about, we take their suggestions, ideas and questions and convert them into posts and publish it on the blog.

This is a no holds barred recommendation series, however we may skip certain things that may not be appropriate to publish on the blog.

How Can You Be Part of the User Recommendation Marathon?

User Recommendation Marathon is all about you as a reader, you choose what we should write about and tell us about it, by either using the contact us form or dropping us a email at tips [at] techie-buzz.com.

Your recommendation could be anything, a question, a suggestion or something else you want us to write about. You just tell us about it and we will do the hard work and write about it.

However while contacting please make sure to tell us it is a user recommendation as we get lots of emails everyday, if you choose to use the contact us form, please make sure to select User Recommendation from the drop down list of reasons for contacting us.

I am a Blogger. How Can I take part in User Recommendation Marathon?

If you are a blogger and want to recommend something to our readers, you can do it with by writing a guest post for us, we will publish the guest post and include links to your blog.

You can send us more than one guest post if you want, no holds barred, however we may edit it to fit our guidelines.

If you want to send us a blog post for the user recommendation, you can directly email it to us at tips [at] techie-buzz.com, please add that it is a user recommendation guest post.

We will run the user recommendation series for a month and write at-least one post a day based on user recommendations, however we expect that to be more than one a day, so go ahead what are you waiting for, tell us what you want us to write about right away.

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Simple User Recommendation Engine For Websites

In the past we have tried out several different recommendation methods including using an option for users to rate the content among other things. However most of those recommendation methods added a bit of extra load to the database, and we eventually took them off.

However thanks to Amit, we came across a extremely simple and robust recommendation engine that is powered by Google Friend Connect.

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How to View Hidden Files and Folders in Windows? [User Recommendation]

This post is part of our user recommendation marathon, where we answer questions recommended by the users to us.

Reader Jeremy asks us, I changed the property of a folder to hidden by mistake and I can’t find it now when I am using explorer, is it deleted? How can I get the folder back to be viewable?

Well Jeremy, first of the all the folder has not been deleted. Once you follow this simple trick, you will be able to view the folder as well as change its properties so that it is not hidden.

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Improve Your Productivity With Simple Tips and Awesome Tools – Part 1 [User Recommendation]

This post is part of our user recommendation marathon where users ask recommend questions to us.

Abhishek from TechnixUpdate asks us, Can you give tips on increasing productivity

Well Abhishek, thanks for asking this question and I would be glad to impart few tips and tools that I use to make my PC life more productive, leaving me with lots of time to do other things.

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How To Play Any Video File In Windows Media Player? [User Recommendation]

This post is part of the user recommendation series where users recommend question to us.

Our reader Jerome asks us Hey Techie, I have been reading you for quite some time and wanted to ask this question. I love Windows Media Player but it does not play all the files I download saying that some codec is being downloaded, some of the videos only have sounds but no video at all. I did try VLC player but do not like the interface and would like to play all the files in Windows Media Player, can you tell me know I can do it?

Well Jerome, like you we too have been using Windows Media player for quite some time, in the past we have also shown how to play real media files in Windows Media Player, but there are several other files which do not play in Windows Media Player, even though they are supposedto play in Windows Media player.

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How To Delete Index.dat file? [User Recommendation]

This post is part of the user recommendation marathon where users recommend their questions to us.

Our regular reader Vishnu asks us, I have heard about Index.dat files and that they can store lots of information about the sites I browse, is there a way I can get rid of the files so that no one can know which sites I have browsed

Hi Vishnu, thanks for taking the time to ask us this question. We will detail in this post, how you can delete index.dat files to get rid of your Internet activities and history.

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Display Unread Emails Based On Received Date In Gmail [User Recommendation]

This post is a part of the user recommendation marathon where users asked us about several tips and tricks which could help them, in this post regular reader Nancy recommends a question to us.

Nancy asks us Gmail shows me that I have 700 emails in my Inbox, due to several things I have not been able to respond to emails from last week and would like to mark all those emails that have been sent last week as read without marking everything as read, in addition to that I would also like to see unread emails that were sent to me between certain days

Thanks for the question Nancy, in this post we will answer the as to how you can find unread emails past a certain date, and also tell you about the advanced search term you will require to search emails between certain dates.

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The Ultimate Guide to Windows Button Hotkeys [User Recommendation]

This is part of the user recommendation marathon where we write articles based on recommendations users have sent to us. In this post we are going to answer a question David recommended to us.

David asks I have been curious about the Windows key that is included with the keyboards and would like to know what uses it has and how I can make it work for me.

David this is quite a interesting question and several readers like you may not be aware of how useful the Windows key can be for increasing productivity. Before we can go ahead in telling about the usefulness of the key, you may want to know that the Windows key is basically a shortcut for triggering several features and windows applications, you may otherwise spend time doing.

Let us look at the things you can accomplish using the Windows key.

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Cut Down Your Lousy Webmail Spam With Gmail [User Recommendation – How To]

This is part of the user recommendation marathon where we write articles based on recommendations users have given us. In this we are going to answer a question Ashley recommended to us.

Ashley asks I have a company email account which is regular webmail provided by our hosting provider, I can access all the mails using POP, the problem is that I have to sort out several spam emails as most of it is not caught by Outlook. Is there any spam filter or work around you can tell me about.

Spam has become quite a issue with non-exchange (simple webmail) based email services that many offices use for emails. The problem is with tons and tons of emails get through to your Inbox, you can either sit and keep on segregating through those emails in Outlook or any other desktop client you use, or simply follow this trick we are about to tell you and cut down your spam by more than 95%.

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