Combine letters and numbers for a secure password

Dear Heloise: Anyone perusing the internet will inevitably have to create PASSWORDS, especially when creating accounts for certain commercial sites. Security questions are great, but sometimes the accuracy of the answer comes into question, as I’m often asking myself, “Did I type ‘Dr.’ or ‘Drive,’ or did I even put that word in?”

My husband and I use the same pass code when creating accounts we don’t really use often. Not banking or credit-card ones, of course. We just use his name or mine, with a combination of two sets of two-digit numbers that are meaningful only to us. — Terry L., via email

Oh my, how many passwords do we have today? The experts suggest trying to use a combination of letters and numbers. Don’t use “PASSWORD123”! I know people who do this! — Heloise

Dear Heloise: A while back, you printed a hint from a quilter about using painter’s tape to mark rulers for cutting.

Could you please print a thank-you to that lady? I also quilt, and I decided to try that — WOW! What a difference it makes when measuring fabric.

No more mess-ups when cutting a certain size. The painter’s tape doesn’t leave a sticky mess on the ruler, and I have the exact measure I need. Thank you, thank you for an amazing tip. I have shared it with all my quilting friends.

I read your hints every day in the Ventura County Star in Fillmore, Calif. — Judi C., sent from my tablet

Dear Heloise: “Better safe than sorry” is what I live by. Whenever I travel, I take photos with my cellphone of my travel documents. I send one set to the person caring for my home and pets, and one to a relative.

It’s like having a file of my tickets, passport, itinerary, hotels, etc., with me. I can access them, if necessary. — Nona Mae H. in Houston

Dear Heloise: If you need a revolving cake plate, use the Lazy Susan that may be on your kitchen table. Place cardboard wrapped in tinfoil on top of the Lazy Susan, and then place the cake on that. Now you can rotate the circular platter instead of you or the foil base when decorating! — Baker in Boston

Dear Heloise: I use steel-wool pads to clean many items in my kitchen. I’ve noticed that after just a few uses, they start to rust and crumble. Any hints on preserving them would be greatly appreciated. — Glen W., via email.

Glen, here are two hints for you. A reader, Victoria, said: “When you are through using one, rinse it lightly, squeeze and knead the pad a bit until it’s foamy. Then put it on a plastic lid or bag to dry.”

Another reader, Nancy B., offered this idea earlier this year: “I use my steel-wool pads for about a year without them getting rusty. I put them in a plastic bag after each use and store them in the freezer.”

Nancy’s hint is a longtime, trusted hint from Heloise. No rust! — Heloise