How To Safeguard Your Privacy

Back in the “good ol’ daze” privacy was a very personal thing for most people. Now, in the digital age, privacy has taken on a new meaning: keeping your online property secure is just as important as your physical possessions. And the thieves (hackers) don’t discriminate; in fact, older less tech-savvy people can be easy-picking for those who want to gain access to private information.

A good password has become the first line of defence against digital theft. We can play a big part in protecting our privacy by using a password that is not going to be easy to pick. Good, unique passwords are the key to protecting yourself against being on the receiving end of being hacked.

If you’re playing ostrich when it comes to heeding advice to create more unique and secure codes, you’re not Robinson Whatshisname. The most common passwords, compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords in 2014 from North America and Western Europe, show users are not taking the threat seriously. Some people still use passwords such as; ‘123456’, single words such as ‘password’, ‘football’, ‘dragon’, or even their kid’s name, and wonder why they’re being hacked or have their identities stolen.

The bad guys know what passwords to try. You wouldn’t leave your front door unlocked, so why make it easy for people to get into your email, bank, or Wi-Fi

The best passwords, we’re told, use a combination of letters, numbers and capitalisation, and are often best based on phrases or sentences well known to the user. The phrase or sentence, of course, must mean something to you so you can easily remember it. Or, you could use an acronym of your favourite saying, interspersed with numbers and symbols, so it looks like gibberish. Say, for example, an old favourite of yours is ‘roses are red and violets are blue’ and you like number 7. You could set your password as ‘7RaR&VaB7’. This is difficult to guess, yet easy to remember.

Listen up fellow-oldies! While you’re at safeguarding your privacy, try using different passwords for each account you have. If that task seems too daunting there are service providers who can help (for a price, of course).

If safeguarding your privacy is an issue for you, just go to http://www.justasktom.com and search ‘privacy’. If you’d like a free copy of anything you find, just let Neil know ([email protected]) and a digital copy will be with you, pronto.

Why Manufacturers Use Precision Machining

Many of us are unfamiliar with the precision machining process. However, most of the things we use everyday are made up of intricate and delicate parts made through this process. Whether big or small, simple or complicated, there are many things in our homes and offices with essential cogs made through this process. Our cell phones and modern appliances are just some of the few examples. The process is used to make precision components made of glass, bronze, graphite, steel, or plastic.

What differentiates precision machining from other processes? This process utilizes certain tools like lathes, drill presses, saws, grinders, and milling machines. These tools are run, operated, and controlled by computers. The result is precision work, exact, unerring, and accurate – with very little margin for slip-up. Because of the high-precision method, the components produced are exactly the same. Although a batch may be small if a client specifies it to be so, the process also allows for high-volume production.

The process allows exceptional productivity which is not possible with manual machining. With machines functioning through computer numerical control, you get outstanding precision, greater output, and very little wastage of material.

Many manufacturers depend on precision machining for many of the components they use to fabricate their products. This state-of-the-art technology is used by the aerospace, automotive, medical, dental, and military and other similarly high-tech industries. The end-products of precision machining are important precision components without which these industries cannot produce their own merchandise.

The best precision machining companies use only highly-specialized equipment and systems unmatched in efficiency. The discriminating use of the best resources enables them to handle high-volume production capably with short turnaround time. They employ quality assurance inspectors to make certain that the components they produce meet the most stringent quality requirements.

Like any other sophisticated modern technology, this process has its down side. It is more expensive than manual machining. A bigger investment is needed initially. The machines require regular maintenance by skilled service technicians.

There are definite advantages to the process, however. You can produce even tiny, highly-intricate, multi-faceted, three-dimensional components using precise contour machining. Engineering and manufacturing ambitious complicated components is no longer implausible. You have greater flexibility when it comes to the type of components you need for your end-product. You can now have products which are high precision, close tolerance, and top quality. Because the machines are controlled by powerful software programs, you get highly accurate results which are not possible to manufacture with machines which are operated manually.

Charles works for a precision machining company in Norfolk. When he is not at work, he enjoys writing articles and blog posts featuring different tips to do with CNC engineering.