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5 Common Workarounds For Remembering Passwords, And Why You Should Stop Doing Them Immediately

08 Dec 16
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With everything we do online, it’s impossible to remember all the passwords you need for a web site. So what do most people do? They use one of the following five “workarounds” that make them an easy target for cybercriminals and hackers. Here’s what they are:

  • Using the same password for everything. If hackers gain access to one account, they know you are likely to use the same password for other sites and will use that to try and access everything. Plus, they can easily look at your browsing history to see what sites you’ve been accessing recently.
  • Using easy-to-guess passwords. Without a doubt, obvious passwords such as “123456,” “password” or “qwerty” leave the door wide-open for hackers. Their ever-more-robust programs can sniff out these easy-to-crack passwords in a heartbeat.
  • Allowing your web browser to remember them for you (autofill feature). For highly sensitive web sites, like your bank account, this is a big mistake. Plus, this still doesn’t solve your password problem entirely if you use more than one browser or have multiple devices.
  • Putting them all on a file you save on your hard drive. If a hacker gains access to your computer and discovers that file, you’re toast!
  • Writing them down on a Post-it note on your computer. You wouldn’t lock your house and then tape a key to the doorframe, so how can you possibly think this is safe?

Here’s A Quick and Easy Way To Bullet-Proof Your Passwords

The best solution we’ve found is to use a password manager such as 1Password, KeePass, LastPass or RoboForm.

These popular programs create hacker-proof passwords for you, complex enough to foil intruders, yet stored safely so you don’t have to memorize them. They work with most platforms and use encryption powerful enough that you don’t need to worry about keeping all your passwords in one place.

Choosing and enforcing strong passwords is a chore; but when you consider the costs, loss, downtime and even bad PR that can come with a hacker attack, you cannot take the “easy” road on this.

The New Look of Techno Advantage

24 Mar 15
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Have you heard the saying “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.”? Well, we’re growing and we want to share the latest news with you in today’s post.

Like many businesses, our previous website was little more than an outdated placeholder on the World Wide Web.  It wasn’t “working” for us at all.  We knew that the Techno Advantage website needed a makeover if we we’re going to keep pace with our competitors, be found online and continue to provide excellent service to our existing clients.  An informative, optimized and mobile responsive website was a critical next step. This winter, we located a talented design partner and began the planning process.

Since spring has officially arrived in Indianawe’re very excited to announce that the Techno Advantage website has a fresh new look. Everything from the navigation and images to the behind the scenes SEO infrastructure has been updated and improved.  What is SEO you ask….great question, follow this link to read the Wikipedia definition.  One of the main goals of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is to improve your ranking, which was one of the driving factors behind our website remodel. We wanted to ensure that those businesses that need us could find us.  Consider this…there are, on average, ten positions on a typical search results page. The pages that fill those positions are ordered by rank. The higher your page is on the search results page, the better your click-through rate and ability to attract searchers.  Results in positions 1, 2, and 3 receive much more traffic than results down the page, and considerably more than results on deeper pages.

On the new Techno Advantage site, you’ll find well organized and helpful content, as well as blog posts right at your fingertips on a variety of topics, such as: data backup and disaster recovery, cloud computing, VoIP phone systems, and all things Microsoft.  Our blog has a new name – we’re calling it the Techno Forecast.  Get it…?  Lightning bolt logo, weather, technology…forecast.  Genius right?

We hope that you enjoy the new features of the website and promise to continue to provide useful information to help you stay on top of your technology.  You can expect to see new blogs from Techno Advantage twice per month on a variety of IT related topics.

Be sure to friend, follow, circle and link up with Techno Advantage on your favorite social media platforms!