‘123456’ Tops The List For The ‘Worst Password In 2013’ - DesignTAXI.com

by Kaschimer 21. January 2014 02:50

If your password is in this list, you need to change it now… “Why?” you ask… Well, none of these passwords are strong. If a hacker wanted to get into your computer, he probably could with very little effort.

From http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Tips-for-creating-a-strong-password:

Passwords provide the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your computer. The stronger your password, the more protected your computer will be from hackers and malicious software. You should make sure you have strong passwords for all accounts on your computer. If you're using a corporate network, your network administrator might require you to use a strong password.

A strong password:

  • Is at least eight characters long.

  • Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.

  • Does not contain a complete word.

  • Is significantly different from previous passwords.

  • Contains characters from each of the following four categories:

    Uppercase letters (A, B, C)

    Lowercase letters (a, b, c)

    Numbers (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    Symbols found on the keyboard (all keyboard characters not defined as letters or numerals) and spaces

    ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ - + = { } [ ] \ | : ; " ' < >

A password might meet all the criteria above and still be a weak password. For example, Hello2U! meets all the criteria for a strong password listed above, but is still weak because it contains a complete word. H3ll0 2 U! is a stronger alternative because it replaces some of the letters in the complete word with numbers and also includes spaces.

Help yourself remember your strong password by following these tips:

  • Create an acronym from an easy-to-remember piece of information. For example, pick a phrase that is meaningful to you, such as My son's birthday is 12 December, 2004. Using that phrase as your guide, you might use Msbi12/Dec,4 for your password.

  • Substitute numbers, symbols, and misspellings for letters or words in an easy-to-remember phrase. For example, My son's birthday is 12 December, 2004 could become Mi$un's Brthd8iz 12124 (it's OK to use spaces in your password).

  • Relate your password to a favorite hobby or sport. For example, I love to play badminton could becomeILuv2PlayB@dm1nt()n.

If you feel you must write down your password in order to remember it, make sure you don't label it as your password, and keep it in a safe place.

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Regain hard disk space by using Windows Update Cleanup in Windows 7 and 8.x - TechRepublic#.

by Kaschimer 20. January 2014 02:09

“Disk Cleanup's new feature called Windows Update Cleanup is standard in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and was added to Windows 7 by an update that was made available in October 2013. The Windows Update Cleanup feature is designed to help you to regain valuable hard disk space by removing bits and pieces of old Windows updates that are no longer needed.”

This helped me a lot. I had a ton of space being used from windows update files hanging around. Check it out.

Regain hard disk space by using Windows Update Cleanup in Windows 7 and 8.x - TechRepublic#.

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10 Things Successful People Do

by Kaschimer 16. January 2014 01:57

“If you want to be one of the greats, if you want to be a big success in life and leave ordinary behind, do these 10 things successful people do, and get ready for the big results that are sure to follow if you do them consistently”

Good advice. Take a look at this article and then… well… do it!

10 Things Successful People Do

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The 10 most important things to teach your Outlook users | TechRepublic

by Kaschimer 13. February 2012 03:11

I love Outlook. Use it everyday in every way possible. I am always looking for tips and tricks on how to use it better. Here is a list of 10 things to help Outlook users use it to become masters of this great tool. I suggest clicking through to the site for all the details, but the list is reproduced here.

  1. Be aware of the different versions of Outlook available and that not all features are available in all versions
  2. Good training can help prevent embarrassing mistakes
  3. Protect yourself against viruses, phishing, hoaxes, etc.
  4. Customize the interface to suit your needs
  5. Be aware that email is stored locally
  6. Data files can become very large
  7. Data files can be repaired if they become corrupted
  8. Data files should be backed up
  9. Archiving email is a good practice to follow
  10. Learn how to avoid spam filters
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6 ways to ensure your email gets read

by Kaschimer 13. February 2012 02:49

From Microsoft At Work

Do you struggle with people not reading your email? Do you want to give your emails the best chance possible to get read? This list of tips from Microsoft At Work may help.

I would suggest clicking through to the site to get the full information. I am just reproducing the tips below.

  1. Make the purpose of the message clear
  2. Tell recipients what action you want them to take
  3. Provide the proper data and documents
  4. Send the message only to relevant recipients
  5. Use the CC line wisely
  6. Ask “final questions” before you click Send
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