Folks, we've received a couple of advisories through our site software that a couple of member's logins were disabled due to repeated failed attempts to login as the member. We've had this come up a few times and usually has proven to be a member just forgot which password they used. If that happens to you either Bill or I can initiate a password reset for you, just let us know. But a few have been malicious attempts such as a hacker trying to get into the site and a couple of these have come up very recently. If this has happened you will receive an information email from the site telling you that you have been locked out and the IP address that originated the unsuccessful login attempts. If you have experienced this, please copy and forward that email to me to permit me to compare it with the site records and take actions to correct the issue. Please ensure you have a secure password by following the steps below: To create a secure password that is easy for you to remember, follow these simple steps: Do not use personal information. You should never use personal information as a part of your password. It is very easy for someone to guess things like your last name, pet's name, child's birth date and other similar details. Do not use real words. There are tools available to help attackers guess your password. With today's computing power, it doesn't take long to try every word in the dictionary and find your password, so it is best if you do not use real words for your password. Mix different character types. You can make a password much more secure by mixing different types of characters. Use some uppercase letters along with lowercase letters, numbers and even special characters such as '&' or '%'. Use a passphrase. Rather than trying to remember a password created using various character types which is also not a word from the dictionary, you can use a passphrase. Think up a sentence or a line from a song or poem that you like and create a password using the first letter from each word. For example, rather than just having a password like 'yr$1Hes', you could take a sentence such as "I like to read the About.com Internet / Network Security web site" and convert it to a password like 'il2rtA!nsws". By substituting the number '2' for the word 'to' and using an exclamation point in place of the 'i' for 'Internet', you can use a variety of character types and create a secure password that is hard to crack, but much easier for you to remember. So far we haven't had any information that someone's account has been successfully maliciously hacked - we would like to keep it that way.