Nick Toadvine

Nick Toadvine

Lakeland, FL, United States

Nick Toadvine is a dedicated financial advisor who loves to research exciting technology topics as well as spend time with his loving family

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Nick Toadvine has worked in the finance industry for more than 20 years. He specializes in a number of areas including investment management, risk management, and retirement income.

In 2003 Nick founded his own company, Guardian Wealth Management. Nick loves to work through the difficult situations that come along with provided financial services to his clients. Establishing long-lasting relationships and positive results are two of his favorite aspects of the job.

Nick Toadvine has enjoyed observing technology become part of the industry and looks forward to seeing it continue to transform the way we do business and make it more efficient. Staying on top of the current trends is crucial to success, so Nick makes a point to remain educated on new policies, services, and tools.

Aside from running his own company, Nick Toadvine has also formerly hosted a weekly financial talk radio show, Your Money Counts, on Saturday mornings in his hometown of the Polk County area. When he’s not offering investment or financial advice, he is likely enjoying time with his family, trying out a new seafood restaurant, or exercising.

Nick frequently visits the gym to keep his health and overall wellness in check. On top of servcing his clients in the financial industry, Nick has a passion for health and learning about the best practices that serve his goals.
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Password Protection Strategies

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn—they’ve all fallen prey to hackers who exposed passwords and other personal information for hundreds of thousands of their users. If you haven’t yet had your password stolen, chances are, it may be only a matter of time.


Hearing the word “hacker” may conjure up the image of a teenaged wiz-kid up all night systematically trying to guess at passwords. But hacking has become a much more complex, sophisticated, and lucrative operation. Breached passwords can fetch big money on the black market.¹


So, what does that mean to you? It means your passwords are valuable and vulnerable commodities. There are steps you can take to help foil hackers and protect your privacy. Consider these strategies for protecting your passwords.


No Plain English


Simple strings of numbers, along with passwords that can be found in the dictionary, are the easiest to crack. Microsoft suggests that your password should contain one or more upper- and lower-case characters, numbers, symbols, and even unicode characters.


Mix It Up


Many people use the same password for multiple accounts because it’s easier to remember. But this could lead to serious consequences. You may not be too concerned about the personal information stored in your LinkedIn or Twitter accounts, but what would happen if hackers used your compromised password to access your email, brokerage, or bank accounts? If you have trouble remembering multiple passwords, you may want to keep a list, but don’t store it on your desktop or in your inbox. Give the file a misleading name and bury it where only you can find it.


Favor Length and Complexity


The longer your password, the more difficult it will be to crack. Instead of a password, consider using a favorite movie quote, song lyric, or poem. To make your password even stronger, string together only the first couple letters of each word in the phrase. Another strategy involves simply jamming on the keyboard, intermittently hitting Shift and Alt keys until you have a password you’re satisfied with. For sensitive accounts, it may make sense to change your passwords on a regular basis. If you like the idea of optimal password protection but worry you won’t be able to handle multiple changing passwords, password-protection software can help you organize, store, and use password data.


There’s no such thing as an impregnable password. Still, putting personal information behind a basic password is like leaving your Porsche in a parking lot with your keys on the dash. By taking preventative measures to strengthen your password, you may be able to help safeguard your sensitive personal data and your privacy.


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Jul 30, 2019 15:38