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Bill Gates

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.

  1. With your email message or file open, select Review > Check Accessibility.
  2. Review your results.

Available in all your Office apps.

Keyboard Keys

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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James Pearson, President The Computer Center One Parker Pl, Ste. #655 Janesville, WI 53545 (608) 755-1524