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IT Security Tip #3: Use STRONG Passwords!
Thanks to the powerful brute-force-attack software readily available online, hackers can try tens of millions of possible password combinations per second. For example, hacking software can guess a five-character password in under three hours. If you only use lowercase letters, it’s 11.9 seconds.
You KNOW you need to have a better password than “password” or “letmein” if you have any hope of keeping hackers out of your PC; but what does a “strong” password mean? A good password should be at least eight characters long (or longer!) and have a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols that are hard to guess. Don’t use dictionary words with proper capitalization because they’re easy to guess (like Password123#). Even though it meets the requirements we just discussed, it’s easily hacked; remember, hackers have sophisticated password-hacking software that will run 24/7/365. If you want a quick tip for remembering your password, use a phrase and insert letters and numbers into it, like $h@KeNb8ke.
Microsoft Word One-Click Fixes
Accessibility Checker tells you if your messages and documents can be read by people of all abilities.
- With your email message or file open, select Review > Check Accessibility.
- Review your results.
Available in all your Office apps.
Shortcut of the Week
In Microsoft Excel, by highlighting the cells you want to know the value of and pressing ALT + = together, you can quickly create an automatic formula that will provide you with the sum.
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