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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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10 Best Microsoft Teams Tips for Business Pros

10 Best Microsoft Teams Tips for Business Pros

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, people across the world have been getting used to new technologies at a startling pace. Ask just about anyone before 2020 if they had ever heard of Zoom and you’d probably get “No, what’s that?” in response. Now it’s a household name.

The same could probably be said for Microsoft Teams—or Microsoft, anyway. Just about everyone knows this company. Right now, you might be using a Windows operating system (Microsoft) and using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, or another application in Office 365. Now Teams is on the radar of a lot of people, too. In March, Teams usage had ballooned to 44 million daily active users from just 20 million in November.

The chat-based collaboration tool lets you use audio, video, screen sharing, and document sharing (SharePoint) to work over the internet with your coworkers—but you probably knew that much. But here are some features you might not be aware of.

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Staying Organized While Working from Home

Staying Organized While Working from Home

It’s unsurprising that the transition to remote work has been so difficultMost companies lacked adequate systems and policies to respond to the sudden, urgent need to move people off-siteThere’s a simple reason for that.“We spent the last 120 years learning how people can be productive in an office,” explains Hiten Shah, an entrepreneur and adviser to remote-work companies.

Most businesses still have to learnthat remote work is different, says The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. And while the percent of the U.S. labor force working from home has tripled in the last fifteen years, most workers were not adequately prepared for this change, either. 

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The Tech Tip That Can Overhaul Your Remote Workday

The Tech Tip That Can Overhaul Your Remote Workday

Now that you’re working from home, your workday probably looks a lot different. For a lot of us who weren’t planning on making this transition, the road has been a little bumpy. There are pros and cons to working from home. Many of us are discovering those now.

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Back-to-School Cyber Safety Tips

Back-to-School Cyber Safety Tips

The back-to-school season is upon us, and many students return to the classroom excited to see their friends, fully charged cellphones in hand.  The luxury of having easy internet access has made our children more attached to their devices, and at an increasingly early age.

Children are innocent, desire independence, and are innately curious, and so they are most vulnerable to predators on the internet. Protecting our children and sensitive personal information can feel like an impossible task, so here are some useful tips to get you started, regardless of your child's age.

 

 

Internet Safety Tips for your Elementary Schooler

  • Talk to your children about safety and conduct on the internet. Explain your expectations and the consequences if they don’t meet your expectations
  • Be in the room with kids when they’re online. They’re less likely to curiously wander to an unsafe site.
  • Use Parental Controls and Child Safety apps like Net Nanny & Qustodio for extra protection
  • Set well-defined limits of web-enabled devices

Internet Safety Tips for your Middle Schooler

Internet Safety Tips for your High Schooler

  • Never give out personal information online
  • Talk about Importance of password protection
  • Friend and follow, but don’t stalk
  • Be a social media mentor

Are there any other guidelines your family uses to promote safety online? Share them with us in the comments!

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