Covid-19 and Working RemotelyA How-To Technology Resource
Welcome to The Computer Center’s Covid-19 resource center for small businesses. Our focus is to provide you with the information you need to keep your business running, collaborate with your team, meet with customers, and make the best of the current situation by leveraging technology. Visit www.computer-center.com/covid19/ for access to more helpful information.
IT Security Tip #3:
Use STRONG Passwords!
Use STRONG Passwords!
Thanks to 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.
Get A Mobile Plan For Your Surface Pro X
Find a mobile plan in your area and set up your cellular data connection from where you are. Because your Surface Pro X has an eSIM, there’s no need to go to a physical store to get a SIM card to get online.
Shortcut of the Week
Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts
Use the Chrome autofill feature to automatically fill out online forms with common fields: name, email, adress.
- Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon located in the upper-right corner of the browser window
- Click Settings
- In the menu on the left click Autofill
- Click Addresses and More to add or update your information
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