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Reusing password and Password Managers

At some point we have all been guilty of this, reusing passwords on multiple sites because it is impossible to remember every password for every website we are required to log into these days!  I personally used to think having a password manager was bad, but it isn’t!!!  Password managers enable you to use features like, generating secure passwords.  It remembers them for you, so you don’t have to rely on your memory or sticky notes around your computer!  Just make sure you password manager has a secure password!!!

Troy Hunt teaches courses on Pluralsite.com and is an Australian Microsoft Regional Director and also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Developer Security. (from his website!)  He’s an expert on this!!!!  He has a website called, haveibeenpawned.com and he uploads security breach information to a database and then all you have to do is put your email address in and it searches to see if you have been pwnd.  Pwnd meaning that your security credentials have be compromised.  I recommend you visit it ASAP!  You will be shocked and I guarantee you will start changing many of your passwords!!!!!  It’s a free service he provides and it’s a ton of work!!!!   I highly recommend donating money to the site.  It’s a ton of work he is doing to keep us safe. 🙂

I recommend you read his blog post about passwords and password managers.  He has listed a few that are very good.  Check the post out here.

 

Signs You Might be Infected with Malware

Malware is everywhere these days!  Just today I read an article that a Facebook post claiming that Fox News was reporting Brad Pitt dead was infecting computers when users clicked on it. For the record, Brad Pitt is alive and still getting divorced!   You have to be vigilant at all times!!!!!!   Here are some telltale signs that your computer may be infected with Malware.

  1.  You open your internet browser and your homepage has changed to something else.  (Now this can also happen if you install new software and don’t pay close attention to it changing your default browser settings)  So, this one isn’t set in stone!
  2. Your computer is so slow you want to throw it off a building.  Check your hard drive light if it looks like it’s continually blinking or just on steadily, not a great sign! hard-drive-light-1
  3.  Annoying pop-ups!  Usually, they say something like this.  (if you get this, just turn the computer off immediately from the power button!)   If something is getting installed it “usually” stops it.systembrowsing-com-popup
  4. Your computer is constantly crashing.  You know the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) or in Windows 10, it’s a bit less scary looking but never a sight you want to see.blue-screen-of-death-windows-10
  5. You can’t run some programs.  You suspect something is wrong, but you can’t use your anti-virus or anti-malware program.
  6. You get warning messages stating your files are locked until you pay a ransom.  RANSOMWARE!!!!  This is a common ransomware screen.FBI-Ransomware.jpeg
  7. Programs you know you didn’t install are now showing up on your desktop.
  8. Suddenly you are running out of disk space!
  9. Your friends start emailing you that you are sending them spam!
  10. Your friends start yelling at you for posting weird stuff to social media sites.
  11. You start receiving a lot of bounced emails, b/c your too busy spamming your friends and everyone else in your address book!
  12. The worst one of all, ABSOLUTELY nothing!   Some are so stealth you don’t notice a thing!    It’s always important to have your anti-virus programs up to date and using a program like Malwarebytes is always recommended.  Malwarebytes has a free version for home users.  Why not try it!   www.malwarebytes.org

Changing your password in Windows 10 and Office 365

You need to change your password in Windows 10.  How do you do that?   Simply hit the keys on your keyboard: Control-Alt-Delete and this screen will come up.   See the 4th choice down “Change a Password” this will change the Windows 10/Network Password.change-a-password

Your password should be at least 8 characters, a capital letter, a small letter, a number and a symbol.

After you change your password eventually you will need to change your Office365 password.   Outlook will stop sending and receiving email.  The best way to be able to tell this is by the photo below.

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If this happens, go up to the top ribbon bar and select the Send and Receive tab.   You should see this symbol, where it says:  Type Exchange Password and Connect.

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When you click on this icon it should bring up this screen.

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Type in your new password and make sure to click Remember my credentials otherwise it will ask you this about every 5 minutes.  Annoying!

Remember if you have PipeLiner on your computer you will need to update your Pipeliner password as well.   Here is a link on how to do that in case you have forgotten.

http://success.pipelinersales.com/knowledgebase/articles/632164-how-can-i-change-my-pipeliner-account-password

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Sway?

 

Sway is a program included in Office 365, just login into your Office 365 account! Sway is a new presentation program brought to us by Microsoft.

You can create a website in a presentation format using images, text, and other media. It’s very user-friendly! Much easier to use than most people would find PowerPoint is to use

You can embed these into a website and upload them to YouTube as well.

A great beginners tutorial has already been created by Teacher’s Tech.

Chatting or Skype Etiquette

Someone in our office brought up a very good point recently, what is the proper business etiquette for Skype or for chatting in general?   So, I decided to do some research on this.

1. Ask the person first to make sure they are available. Look at the icon next to their name, and see what color it is.  They could be busy or away from their desk.   They may also be in a meeting and sharing their screen on a television. Keep that in mind before you say something that could get you in trouble!

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2. If it’s a video chat, ask for permission first.  Not everyone likes video chats.

3. If you are doing a video chat, be aware of your body language and your personal grooming. (ex: below)

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4. Give that person your undivided attention.  Do not read other emails, or surf the internet.  It is also best to only hold one chat at a time as it is very easy to get confused to whom you are talking to.

5. Be aware of what the camera will be showing in the background of your video chat.  Remove anything distracting or inappropriate! (ex: below)

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6.  Make sure your desk is clean if the camera is showing it.

7.  Make sure you end the chat, just don’t click the X and escape.  Make sure you tell the other person, you need to go and tell them bye. The same on the phone, for some reason many people think you can just hang up and it leaves the person wondering….”Were we done?”

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Changing Your Password in Office365

You log into your computer, it tells you that you need to change your password.   You change your password and you go about your business.   You open Outlook and you have some email, then about 2 hours later, you suddenly you realize, “Hey, I haven’t gotten any email since 8:10 a.m. this morning, surely this cannot be right!”   It reminds me of this cartoon.

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Why am I not getting my email? So, now how do I get my email?   It’s because your password needs to be updated in Office365 as well!  How do I do this you ask?  Simply close Outlook.   Re-open Outlook and a pop up box should come up.  DO NOT IGNORE IT OR CLICK CANCEL!!!!   Put in your user name and your new password and tick the box that says ” Remember my Credentials”

 

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