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Joel Spolsky

IT Security Tip #28: Change Your Name, and I Don’t Mean the Last One

Too often we see e-mail usernames and prefixes the same across multiple free e-mail services. For example:

jimmy67chevy@aol.com jimmy67chevy@gmail.com jimmy67chevy@yahoo.com jimmy67chevy@icloud.com

This makes the work of hackers and cybercriminals way too easy. With the first part easy to figure out, they can get access to other online services and data or even spoof your e-mail addresses to others. Variety is the spice of life. Introduce it to your e-mail addresses.

Excel: Make it Visual, Make it Stick With Data Bars

Want to communicate your numbers visually? Data Bars can help.

Select your data range, then go to Home > Conditional Formatting > Data Bars, and select a color scheme.

Keyboard Keys

Shortcut of the Week

Press the Windows Key + D at any time to get to the Windows desktop. Press the same keys to restore the hidden windows.

Another way to get to the Windows desktop with multiple windows open is to press the Windows Key + M to minimize all open programs. To undo all minimized windows, press the Windows Key + Shift + M.

Jason’s Tech Corner

A little tidbit shared by Jason Risner of The Computer Center

Some good cautionary information about using random USB charger ports at airports, restaurants, etc.

Why You Should Never Use Airport USB Charging Stations

“Those oh-so-handy USB power charging stations in the airport may come with a cost you can’t see. Cybercriminals can modify those USB connections to install malware on your phone or download data without your knowledge.”

“It’s much safer to bring your regular charger along and plug it into a wall outlet or, alternatively, bring a portable power bank to recharge your phone when you’re low on bars.”

“The 2019 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index reveals that the transportation industry has become a priority target for cybercriminals as the second-most attacked industry – from tenth in 2017.”

Click the link to read more by SUZANNE ROWAN KELLEHER Contributor Travel for Forbes.

The Computer Center’s Weekly Webinar Series

Take advantage of The Computer Center’s webinar series that helps you learn how to protect your small business and your employees without leaving your office!

  • Thursday, July 11 – Protecting Your Business and Employees from ID Theft and Phishing Scams
  • Thursday, July 18 – What You Need to Know About Microsoft Office 365 Security
  • Thursday, July 25 – Outlook Productivity Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier
  • Thursday, August 1 – Practical Cyber Security for Your Small Business or How to Keep the Bad Guys Out Without Breaking the Bank
  • Thursday, August 8 – The End of Windows 7: Is it Really an Issue for Your Business?
  • Thursday, August 15 – 10 Costly Mistakes Small Businesses Make with their Computer Systems – and How YOU Can Avoid Them
  • Thursday, August 22 – Critical Facts Every Business Owner Must Know Before Moving Their Network to The Cloud
  • Thursday, August 29 – Free Productivity Enhancing Tools Included with Office 365 That You Probably Aren’t Using in Your Business

Follow the link to register for more information.

Have an unfortunate co-worker that’s not getting a copy of the TCC Tuesday Tidbits? Forward them your copy. Or, better yet, have them sign up at https://computer-center.com/tidbits/

Submit your TCC Tuesday Tidbit requests and ideas to me by calling (608) 755-1524.


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