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Technology Advice for Small Businesses | May 2014 | produced by Computer Troubleshooters of Anderson (864) 225-1888
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Last month we saw not one but TWO
security issues threaten everyone
who uses the internet. First the
Heartbleed bug afected hundreds
of web services and their users, then a
bug in Internet Explorer compromised
everyone using Microsof Windows
until Microsof issued an emergency
The problem is, we do SO MUCH
online nowadays: Banking, shopping,
investments, school work, business
deals, and the all-important sharing
of cat photos. Keeping safe online is
more important than ever.
The internet can be a safe place if you
follow three simple rules:
1. Keep your computer updated,
with all security patches and
strong virus protection.
2. Dont trust anyone. Just because
that email looks like its from
your bank or your dear Aunt
Sally, dont open it if it seems
3. Use a strong password, and
change it ofen.
Easy enough, right? The tricky part for
many of us is picking passwords that
are strong enough to keep us safe, but
easy to remember, so here are some
tips to help you do just that.
Lets start with some basic facts:
1. Longer passwords are tougher
to crack than short ones - by
an order of magnitude. An
8-letter password can generally
be cracked in 1 day with the
right tools, but a similar 10-digit
password would take 3 years.
2. Using dictionary words in your
password makes it easy to crack.
That means any real word you
might find in the dictionary or any
brand name - even if you try to
disguise it with CAPital LeTtErs or
M1xed Ch@racter$.
3. Using the same password
for multiple sites is the most
dangerous thing you can do. If a
virus on your computer steals one
password, or if an online service
you trust is hacked, all your
online data is at risk if theyre all
protected by the same password.
So, how can you make long, non-
dictionary passwords that are
diferent for each site but still easy to
Heres one way to do it:
First, pick a sentence you can easily
memorize. For example, my motto is
All you can do is all you can do..
Next, take the first letters of each
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Last year Microsof made some big changes in how people buy
Microsof Ofice. You get a choice: buy the traditional Word/Excel/
PowerPoint/Outlook bundle for $200 per PC, or pay $15/month
for Ofice 365 which works for up to 5 machines.
Option #2 is compelling - if you have a desktop and a laptop, or a
home computer and a work computer, Ofice 365 makes financial
sense just for the Microsof Ofice programs.
SO... .a lot of people wind up with Ofice 365 accounts and dont
realize what else they can do with them. Especially for small
businesses, Ofice 365 packs a ton of powerful features in a low-
priced package.
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Ofice 365 is, hands-down, the most powerful
email & collaboration solution on the planet. With
Ofice 365 you can share the same email folders,
calendars, contact lists, and more, and access
them all from your computer, phone, or iPad - or
from the web.
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Working with someone else? You can
choose to share your email with them, OR
just share certain folders, such as key pro-
ject or customer folders. Its a great way
to make sure everyone has easy access to
the information they need.
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Sharing a calendar with coworkers or clients is
a great way to stay in touch. You can choose to
let them change your calendar or just view it, or
just let them see when youre free or busy (but no
details about where youll be if you want to keep
those private).
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Microsof Lync is a powerful tool for stay-
ing in touch with colleagues down the hall
or around the world. You can instant mes-
sage each other from your PC, Mac, tablet,
or phone, and know at a glance who is
free and who is busy or in a meeting.
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Ofice 365 also lets you hold an instant video call
or web meeting with any coworker or customer.
Save money by dropping your webmeeting sof-
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Ofice 365.
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Need to collaborate on a letter, spread-
sheet, or presentation? Ofice 365 lets
you edit a document from your phone or
computer while a coworker edits the same
document from theirs - youll see each
others updates in real time!
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They say the most powerful productivity
tool is a to-do list, and Ofice 365s Task
List keeps your to-dos automagically
updated on your computer, phone, and
A powerful feature, formerly only available in
large corporate settings, is the ability to delegate
control of some or all of your email to an assis-
tant. Let them respond to all the routine requests
and file emails into appropriate folders, leaving
you free to focus on the important ones.
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word in the sentence, so in my case All You Can Do Is
All You Can Do becomes aycdiaycd. Thats 9 letters,
not too bad so far.
Now append (or prepend) a 3-character abbreviation
of the service youre using. So for my bank I might
use aycdiaycdwfb for Wells Fargo Bank. Adding 3
characters that are unique for each service means
youll always have a diferent password for each site or
service you use.
Finally, because most sites require numbers, capital
letters, or other characters in your password, choose
to capitalize certain letters (say, the first four) and
add one or more numbers and symbols to the
beginning or end. So my bank password might become
12+AYCDiaycdwfb, while my Gmail password
becomes 12+AYCDiaycdgml.
That gives me an incredibly strong 15 digit password
thats easy to remember AND diferent for every site!
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Some people mistakenly think that a cloud-
based ofice suite like Ofice 365 doesnt work
when youre away from the internet - not true!
You can work fine from your local copies, and
all changes will sync back to your safe & secure
cloud connection the next time youre online.
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Instantly add holidays (for any country) or sports
teams schedules into your Ofice 365 calendar.
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Overwhelmed with Email? Flags and Categories
are easy ways to identify the important emails
from among the rest of the swarm. And if youre
REALLY overwhelmed, you can setup Rules to au-
tomatically Flag or categorize emails, and Filters
to hide the unimportant ones.
Have you ever had a document you shared with
colleagues, and discovered that someone had
erased an important part of the file?
Ofice 365 supports Versioning, so any of your
shared files can be rolled back to a previous Ver-
sion, before any unwanted changes were mde.
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If youve ever bought Apps for your phone or tab-
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fice 365 also has an App Store (technically called
the Ofice Store).
Hundreds of Apps, many of them free, can be add-
ed to your Ofice 365. You can add an app that lets
you sign documents without printing them first,
or adds calendars to Excel, or that groups your
documents into a Project Management interface.
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tranet- a place where everyone you work with
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using their computer, phone, or tablet.
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