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  1. Opinion

Security cameras can be hacked, so use secure passwords.

Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor
Ernie Field pushes the doorbell on his Ring doorbell camera at his home in Wolcott, Conn. [JESSICA HILL | AP]

Create and use safe passwords

Ring! Here’s looking at you | Feb. 24

Security cameras offer peace of mind for people who want to keep watch over their property and loved ones and provide evidence in case a crime occurs. However, there are pitfalls. Most users of wireless devices (including security cameras) worry about getting hacked. To prevent this, users should use a strong pass phrase that is unique to them. An example: If you pass through four stop signs on the way to work, your pass phrase could be “IPa$$FourSt0pSign$.” This is unique to you and not easily guessed or found in password tables that hackers routinely use. Additionally, users should immediately change all default log-ins and passwords for all new network devices and turn on two-factor authentications whenever possible. If offered by the provider, turn on location notification service so if someone from Russia accesses your camera account, the provider will block access, notify you and ask for your confirmation if this should be allowed. Finally, most people reuse passwords, and chances are they have been breached at some point. In the end, security cameras are simply a tool that, when used and secured properly, can provide an added layer of protection for you and your loved ones.

Mark Khan, Tampa

Many victims in scandal

Staffers describe agency’s troubles | Feb. 23

The Tallahassee headquarters of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. [SAMANTHA J. GROSS | Times/Herald]

Thanks to whistle blowers like Lisa LeBel and Times/Herald Tallahassee bureau reporters Samantha Gross and Mary Ellen Klas, corruption at the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence has come into the light. Although longtime CEO Tiffany Carr is the focus of attention, Republican lawmakers in Tallahassee are scrambling to cover their “you-know-what” with dramatic cries of alarm and calls for investigations. I don’t expect much to come of it. Sadly, there are many victims, including us taxpayers who hoped for some responsible use of funds meant to help women who have suffered, instead learning that corrupt leaders wasted the money that was meant to provide them with hope and assistance.

Ralph Madison, St. Petersburg

Staying the course

The 2020 election

The monitor of a television camera shows the set stage for a Democratic presidential primary debate, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) [MATT ROURKE | AP]

The presidential election is not about one person, it is about the direction, future and survival of our country. President Donald Trump is only a person, not a government. He knows the real world and is not afraid to do what is necessary to improve the state of the country and our lives. If you elect another “politician,” you will get hot air, not action. We are going in the right direction but have a long way to go. Don’t make a U-turn.

Ralph Savlov, Dover

Not feeling so great

Better off under Trump | Letter, Feb. 24

I do not feel better off than three years ago. I do not evaluate quality of life based solely on my personal financial well-being. Of greater concern is the future of our nation and the values we hold dear. Since President Donald Trump has been in office, we have witnessed the decline of America’s respect in global leadership, the decimation of protection for our environment, the rise of radical elements such as white supremacy and anti-semitism, the destruction of our rule of law, the sowing of mistrust in our intelligence and the assault on our free press. Perhaps next time, the Gallup Poll should ask, “Do you feel America is better off than three years ago?”

Garry Miller, Safety Harbor