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Your Passwords Aren't Good Enough

Your Passwords Aren't Good Enough

Maybe you feel like choosing a strong password to protect your accounts is challenging, or maybe you have a different password for every account and find it hard to keep track of them all. Either way, managing your log-in credentials can be a frustrating task, and sometimes people crack. That’s how you get ridiculously bad password habits like these.

Out of all the possible password combinations out there, one out of every 142 created is '123456'. This may seem like a good idea at first since it’s easy to remember, but when you and 7 million other use the same sequence, you lose the unique, unpredictable nature a password must have to be secure. And yet, people keep doing it. The string ‘123456’ has been the most commonly used password for the last five years!

A password that’s easy for somebody to guess can’t do its job. That’s where practicing good password hygiene comes in. For starters, let’s just get this out of the way: Don’t use ‘123456.’ It’s short, it’s predictable, it’s insanely popular, and it’s just plain lazy. Ditch the ‘keyboard slide’ and shoot for more length…and we don’t mean ‘123456789.’

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Cover Your Ass(ets): Planning for the Next Disaster

Cover Your Ass(ets): Planning for the Next Disaster

If there’s one thing that the pandemic has taught us, it’s the consequences of not being prepared. While nobody could have foreseen a worldwide pandemic shutting everything down for months, many of the systems that failed when COVID-19 first struck were just plain unprepared. People don’t like to plan for disasters. We like to assume that bad things won’t happen or that, if they do, they won’t affect us. But sooner or later, they always do.

That’s why you’ve got to be ready. Without adequate procedures and policies, many businesses had no clue how to let their employees work from home. Supply chain issues, travel bans, stay-at-home orders, shortages for PPE and cleaning supplies—all these things instantly and dramatically hampered businesses big and small. The question on everyone’s mind: “What now?”

Before the pandemic, everything was built on the premise of seamless efficiency. As an IT company that helps businesses grow, we love efficiency—but not at the cost of security. Throw one wrench into the machine—and COVID-19 was one big wrench—and everything grinds to a screeching halt.

Now we know better. You’re ready to secure the future of your business, and you’re going to be prepared for the next big wrench thrown your way.

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Why Managed Services: Proactive Maintenance and Management

Why Managed Services: Proactive Maintenance and Management

In order for one methodology to replace another, it has to provide more value than the one that came before. In terms of IT support, managed services can deliver far greater value than the familiar break/fix method. In this series, we’ll explore the value that managed services contribute to a business, starting with their proactive nature.

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Tip of the Week: Formatting Shortcuts for Excel

Tip of the Week: Formatting Shortcuts for Excel

For this week’s tip, we’re going to save you time in Excel. Here are a few shortcuts to take so Excel can make your work a bit easier.

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Planning for On-Premise Infrastructure Deployments

Planning for On-Premise Infrastructure Deployments

With cloud computing becoming a major benefit for organizations of all sizes, some have abandoned the idea of having on-premise servers at their place of business. This could end up being problematic, however, as data security and privacy of cloud-based resources have been known to be often less than reliable. If you are looking to host your own IT in-house, there are some issues you have to see to before you can start purchasing hardware.

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