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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Product Review - The Gooseberry Patch Online Organizer

If you are like me and use the internet a lot, you invariably have a lot of places that you frequently visit that require a preferred name and password.  And if you are like me, and your mind goes fuzzy at time (durn old age!) you sometimes can't remember all those passwords and such.

The folks at Gooseberry Patch has the solution!  They have created an Online Organizer that is simple to use, and extremely handy to have around!

Here is a little more about the product, courtesy of Gooseberry Patch:

The number of people who go online to do everything from banking to shopping is on the rise. Unfortunately, so is the occurrence of unscrupulous people trying to gain access to computer users' personal details, such as user names and passwords.

Experts say that one effective way to fend off these information thieves is to never ever use the same password for more than one website.

"Many of us go to a dozen or even more websites every day," says Vickie Hutchins, co-founder of Gooseberry Patch, a Columbus, Ohio-based publisher best known for its series of bestselling cookbooks and art calendars. "We know it's important to have unique passwords for all these sites, but it can certainly be a challenge to remember them all!"

"That's why we designed the Online Organizer...to help simplify and keep track of personal online details. It's a simple tool that allows you to organize e-mail addresses, websites, passwords and user names, all together in one place," says Jo Ann Martin, co-founder of Gooseberry Patch."And its small size makes it easy to tuck in a secure place in your home."

Ready to get started? Here are some steps you can take to create new, strong and unique passwords for all the websites you visit, courtesy of Microsoft.com.
  • Make your passwords long, with eight or more characters.
  • Include letters, punctuation, symbols and numbers. Use the entire keyboard, not just the letters and characters you use or see most often.
  • Change passwords often. Set an automatic reminder for yourself to change your passwords on your e-mail, banking and credit card websites every three months.
  • Don't use the same password for everything. Cyber-criminals steal passwords on websites that have very little security, and then they use that same password and user name in more secure environments, such as banking websites.
  • Avoid creating passwords that use:
  • Dictionary words in any language.
  • Words spelled backwards, common misspellings and abbreviations.
  • Sequences or repeated characters; for example: 12345678, 222222, abcdefg, or adjacent letters on your keyboard.
  • Personal information, such as your name, birthday, driver's license, passport number or similar information.
The Gooseberry Patch Online Organizer (spiral-bound softcover, 7" x 4"; MSRP: $7.95) is available from http://www.gooseberrypatch.com and select retailers. To locate a store near you, please visit http://www1.gooseberrypatch.com/gooseberry/dropnote.nsf/f.lookup.

I found this little organizer to be very well set up and easy to use. The alphabetized tabs are handy and there is plenty of room to write down your pertinent information.  I intend to keep my copy updated on a regular basis and kept in a secure place.

If you're looking to be a little more organized this year, I highly recommend this charming organizer.

I received a complimentary copy of the Online Organizer from the company for review. I was not compensated for my opinion.