Stop Forgetting Your Passwords {#BetterMoments}

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I’m staring at the blank screen. The cursor blinks urgently at me in the space designated for my password.


My password, or should I say passwords.

I have so many passwords for my blog, bank account, and medical record. Basically, anything tied to the Internet needs a password. Which I totally get and is completely legit considering the gazillions of people out there who want to be me.

Seriously though if they really want to be me I have ten loads of laundry to fold and a couple toilets to clean.

That’s my life.

What is also a regular part of my life is blanking out when I have to enter my passwords. I inevitably forget it, and then have to reset it, and then forget it again. It’s a vicious cycle that I blame on my “mom brain”.

Worse yet, is creating uber simplistic passwords, just so I won’t forget them. Did you know in a recent Harris Interactive survey 59 percent of adults admit to reusing passwords due to the difficulty remembering them?

At least, I’m not alone. But while comforting, it’s also scary. I’m protecting my precious life with a password a monkey could crack, YIKES!

In fact, among the password habits that need attention are reusing passwords and creating weak passwords, such as your dog’s name, 12345 or password123.

When it comes to protecting valuable information, those passwords share common patterns, creating vulnerability across the various accounts we all use every day, ranging from the ones that need to be most secure, like bank and credit cards, to social media sites or free subscriptions. If one account gets hacked, all accounts sharing the same password and email are at much greater risk.

There comes a moment when you need to call in the reinforcements. I’ve used a few password apps that take over as my brain once in a while. Here are a few of my favorites:




As the number one most downloaded password management app, Keeper provides users with the ability to manage passwords across various accounts. Keeper’s free version provides local password storage and users on one device. A $29.99 per year subscription is required to access many of its quality features. Those include unlimited password storage, secure online storage for photos, videos and documents, and access to multiple devices, along with the ability to share the information with other users. Those with a subscription can also set up fingerprint login for quick and secure access to their account.







Dashlane is another great option. It’s, rated among the top password manager apps and is listed as Editor’s Pick in the Google Play Store. In addition to creating complex passwords for accounts, Dashlane acts as a digital wallet to make secure on-the-go payments and provides security breach alerts for usernames and passwords. Offered for $39.99 per year, the premium subscription allows syncing across devices, securing Cloud backup and accessing information via the web.





This trusted app provides users with a secure vault and organization of accounts for user preference. Its features also allow for easy transitions between accounts on the same site. Like many other password management apps, LastPass can also keep track of credit card information, audit account passwords, record secure audio notes and more. Premium features for $12 a year include a shared family folder, unlimited device sync, multi-factor authentication and access to accounts from any device or computer.

The complex passwords created can be easily stored and used, and often shared across platforms, including home computers, work computers and smart devices, like the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy Edge and iPads.

A recent U.S. Cellular survey indicates that 65 percent of smartphone users always remember to take their device with them when they leave the house. With that mobility and U.S. Cellular’s robust network with nationwide coverage, people have embraced their smartphones for shopping online, managing bank accounts, catching up on the news and emailing, all while on the go.

Some additional steps to keep your accounts safe are simple, such as refraining from connecting in locations offering free WiFi. While it may be tempting to utilize the free WiFi, the connection may not be secure, which can impact your account security if accessed while connected.

Another easy step is one of the most obvious – use built-in features such as the screen lock on your device. This feature comes standard on many devices and requires a pattern, fingerprint identification or character password to be entered before anything on the device can be accessed.


Thank goodness for all these apps and helpful tips to keep my information secure. Not only that, but I can save brain space for important things like movie quotes and song lyrics.


Disclaimer: Through the rest of the year I’ll be sharing some more of My BETTER MOMENTS as a US Cellular Better Moments Blogger Brigade Ambassador. All opinions are my own and an honest view of my story as a US Cellular customer.

It’s National Engineers Week! Let’s Learn Something.

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Did you know this week is Engineers Week.

I totally had no idea until my husband, who works at the UI College of Engineering, told me.

The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with President George Washington’s birthday. President Washington is considered the nation’s first engineer, notably for his survey work.

Who knew? And you’re welcome for the history lesson.

Interestingly enough to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of National Engineers Week, U.S. Cellular is working to help increase understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers by holding “Ask an Engineer” sessions at Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the country.

The goal of U.S. Cellular’s “Ask an Engineer” sessions are to bring engineering to life for kids and show them the different career paths that are available with a technical or engineering education.


U.S. Cellular wants to motivate youth to explore career opportunities in engineering and to encourage a more diverse engineering workforce in the future.

These sessions will give attendees a hands-on look at how U.S. Cellular’s network operates and provide youth with information on career opportunities in engineering.

U.S. Cellular is providing this opportunity so that children and teens can have a behind-the-scenes look at how a cellular network operates and understand how engineering and technology are present in everyday activities.

Without engineers and the technology they build, U.S. Cellular would not be able to provide its customers with national coverage and a high-quality network that works wherever they want to go.

For youth or parents interested in learning more information about career opportunities in engineering, visit the official National Engineers Week website at



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Healthy Holiday Apps {#BetterMoments}

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The last batch of cookies has just been decorated and I’m vowing not to make another until next Christmas, because this family needs to eat better.

It’s one of our goals for the new year – eating for health, and moving more.

Today, our iPhones and iPads together with user-friendly apps make it easier than ever to stay on track, even when during busy months.

A recent U.S. Cellular Better Moments survey shows a growing assistance on smartphones for fitness and health. The survey reveals 22 percent of smartphone users keep track of exercise with an app.

Come January our family of four will become part of that 22 percent.

And one of the, 18 percent who look up calories in their food, and 6 percent monitor blood sugar or other health conditions.

Here are few apps to keep your health on track.


Healthy Holiday Apps with US CellularFirst prize winner in the U. S. Surgeon General’s Healthy App Challenge, Fooducate (Free for iOS, Android) goes beyond counting calories to help users lose weight and live a healthy life. Users can maintain a healthy diet by tracking the quality of calories, not just the quantity, by scanning over 250,000 barcodes to see a specific nutrition grade (A, B, C or D). Fooducate also integrates seamlessly with Apple’s Health app, allowing users to compare calorie consumption and burning.


Healthy Holiday Apps with US CellularSince the holidays are stressful, we may need help monitoring blood pressure and the iBP Blood Pressure ($0.99 for Android and iOS) is a great one to use. This blood pressure tracking app uses colors to indicate normal or high readings. It also analyzes data, to create graphs that illustrate trends over time. Those on the road during the holidays can sync data across all their mobile devices to stay on top of stats while traveling.



Healthy Holiday Apps with US CellularFor Christmas I just received a VivoFit2 by Garmin, and I’m looking forward using Garmin Connect (Free for iOS, Android). A free app that collects personal health and activity data, and then uploads it to the mobile app via Bluetooth. Users will see what workouts or daily routine exercises are helping to reach their fitness goals. With access to health data and fitness stats, users will stay focused from Thanksgiving turkey to New Year’s champagne and beyond.


Healthy Holiday Apps with US CellularA fast, easy-to-use calorie counter and diet tracker that can help take those pounds off confidently even during the holidays is MyFitnessPal (Free for iOS, Android) With the largest food database and fitness data entry, users will know when their calorie output isn’t keeping up with their calorie input so they can make adjustments. The MyFitnessPal network also encourages users to connect with friends as they pursue their goals as well.


Healthy Holiday Apps with US CellularAnother great app to help you track calories is Lose It! It tracks your caloric intake and monitors your diet, helping you manage your weekly calorie budget and ensure that you are consuming the proper foods. What I really like about this app is that it integrates with sites such as Facebook and Twitter so you can stay connected with friends and family across country to keep your health goals on track during the holiday season as well.



Whether you’re using the apps to track calories or monitor a health condition year round, U.S. Cellular has the network and the devices to make the experience seamless.

Here’s to healthy better moments.


Disclaimer: Through the rest of the year I’ll be sharing some more of My BETTER MOMENTS as a US Cellular Better Moments Blogger Brigade Ambassador. All opinions are my own and an honest view of my story as a US Cellular customer.