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IT Security Tip #3:
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.
This Tuesday Tidbits series is one great way to keep your employees informed, but you STILL need a good AUP in place and training. If you’d like our help in creating one for your company, based on best practices, call us at (608) 755-1524. You’ll be glad you did.
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Microsoft Tips for Windows
Stay Up To Date While Staying In Your Flow
To quickly check in on the latest headlines, weather, sports, and more, open News and interests on the taskbar. Get caught up with a glance, then get back to what you were doing.
Shortcut of the Week
Move Forward And Back Using The Keyboard
In all major Internet browsers, you can move forwards and backwards by pressing and holding the Alt key and then pressing the left or right arrow key. Pressing the left arrow goes back a page and pressing the right arrow moves forward a page.
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James Pearson, President The Computer Center 39 S. Main St. – Upper Janesville, WI 53545 (608) 755-1524