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Making Passwords Easy with LastPass

LastPass for Passwords

 

 

 

Have you ever had trouble remembering all your passwords? If you haven’t it probably means you’re using the same password for everything or making it really easy to remember. Which one is it? You might want to test your password strength if I’m making you a little nervous.  You may have one really tough password that you can remember easily and that’s okay; however, wouldn’t it be nice if you could change your passwords frequently or make them hard for hackers to crack?  Well you can with internet browser addins such as LastPass, Roboform and KeePass.  These simple to use applications “plug” themselves into your Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox browser and allow you to use one master password to control all of the others.  I know what you’re thinking, “doesn’t sound very safe to me”, right?  However, if you couple that tough to guess password with another program on your mobile device then you’ve got yourself “Two Factor Authentication” and a very tough nut to crack.  Let me explain.

 

1.) Open your browser with the LastPass addin installed…

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2.) Sign in with your master password…

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3.) LastPass prompts you for your second piece of authentication using a random number on your Google Authenticator app on your phone….

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4.) Done!  You’ve just created a very secure, cost effective, and easy password dump.  Oh, did I mention both LastPass and Google Authenticator are FREE!

Here are the formal instructions to setup this simple to use system: https://helpdesk.lastpass.com/security-options/multifactor-authentication-options/google-authenticator/


Top 10 Reasons to Ditch Windows XP

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XP End of Life is April 8, 2014, are you ready?

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx

 

10. You’re NOT penny wise and pound foolish.

9. Chances are a system running XP is more than 5 years old and the hardware is going to start failing anyway.

8. You DON’T need to run an extremely expensive piece of equipment based on XP.  i.e. CNC machine, lab system, or some other tool that would require a huge capital outlay.  If it’s just a simple PC then just replace it.  Migrating your data these days is a snap.

7. In most cases, XP  is not (or will no longer be) supported by your Line of Business software vendor.  i.e. your Accounting, ERP, CRM, xyz software.

6. You will probably help morale because employees will appreciate that you’re willing to spend a little money on them.

5. Information is the life blood of most modern organizations.  If users can’t run new software tools that allow them to create, sort, deduce, and be productive then you’re just putting yourself at a competitive disadvantage.

4. Don’t be a dinosaur.  XP was released in 2001 which is an eternity in this business. Like you, Microsoft has to change to stay competitive.

3. It will be very time consuming to “lock down” an XP computer to the point where it will be reasonably safe.  But you’d still be taking a chance on security.

2. Banks are still running many ATM’s on some flavor of XP.  People who run banks can be stupid.  Do you want to be stupid?

And the #1 reason for switching from XP: Microsoft will no longer patch it’s code!  It will no longer allow you download and install new security updates to keep your systems secure.  This means that the PC will be at greater risk for malware infections and that will potentially open the door to your businesses assets.

 


Microsoft Outlook Shortcut Keys

outlook2013Do You Live in Outlook?   Want to move around a little faster?  See below…

Alt + S Send the e-mail
Ctrl + C Copy selected text.
Ctrl + X Cut selected text.
Ctrl + P Print selected text.
Ctrl + K Complete the name or e-mail being typed in the e-mail address bar.
Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection
Ctrl + I Italic highlighted selection
Ctrl + M Send and receive all
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection
Ctrl + R Reply to an e-mail.
Ctrl + F Forward an e-mail.
Ctrl + N Create a new e-mail.
Ctrl + Y Go to folder.
Ctrl + Shift + A Create a new appointment to your calendar.
Ctrl + Shift + O Open the Outbox.
Ctrl + Shift + I Open the Inbox.
Ctrl + Shift + K Add a new task.
Ctrl + Shift + C Create a new contact.
Ctrl + Shift + J Create a new journal entry.
Ctrl + Shift + V Move folder.