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Two suggestions for protecting passwords

Dear Readers: I have received many suggestions for protecting passwords. This is an important issue for all of us to protect our data. Here are two to consider. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: Users should consider password manager apps such as LastPass. Numerous site passwords can be linked to one master password. This one password would be the only one used when accessing all sites.

Also two-factor authorizations can be utilized on some password managers. This occurs when accessing a site. A message is sent to the user by text or e-mail to verify one’s identity. Also, never put passwords in your phone’s or tablet’s contacts, since almost all apps require users to allow the app companies access to user contacts, photos, etc. — Robert Malkowski, by e-mail

Dear Heloise: I found a simple but effective way to store passwords. I bought a password-protected flash drive and put all of my passwords on it. It was not very expensive. Now, I need only remember one password. I did print out my passwords and put them in a safe place as backup. — William Petticrew, by email

RECYCLING PLASTIC BAGS

Dear Heloise: Keep No. 4 plastic bags such as those for bagging fruits and vegetables at grocery stores and the plastic bag your newspaper is placed in for delivery (long and narrow). Stuff this bag with the other nonrecyclable thin plastic bags to create a neck rest or to block cold air from entering at doors and windows; use as packing filler; fill a drawer to keep items from slipping. This is no cost and is easily replaceable. Some stores will recycle these bags. — Kay Krausman, by e-mail

STALE SMELLING CLOSET

Dear Heloise: My walk-in closet has a stale air smell to it. There are no air vents in or out. Also, there are no electrical outlets in it. I try to keep the door closed so dust doesn’t find its way in. What can I use to freshen the air in there? — Kal Bordan, via email

Kal, this is a common problem, and I have a solution. To prevent the odors in the closet, mix a box of baking soda with 3 to 4 tablespoons of your favorite spice, such as cinnamon or nutmeg. Then place the mixture in a plastic margarine tub and poke holes in the lid. Your closet will have a nice smell to it!

PRICY BLOTTING TISSUES

Dear Heloise: I have oily skin and blot my face throughout the day. Blotting tissues are expensive for the number of sheets in a package, so I make my own. Buy a package of good quality tissue (wrapping) paper and cut it into squares or rectangles. Use the shiny side to blot your face. It’s easy to make and use, and very inexpensive. — Sharon Johnson, by e-mail

Sharon, this is a good money-saving hint, and it solves a problem. — Heloise

(Heloise is a columnist with King Features Syndicate.)

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