Archives for July 2012

Security Best Practices

In light of the recent security breach of the LinkedIn website and passwords, NMGI would like remind clients to take every measure possible to ensure the safety of your information.

In case you are not sure where to start, we have listed some  best practices to insure account security and privacy:

Changing Your Password:

  • Never change your password by following a link in an email that you did not request, since those links might be compromised and redirect you to the wrong place.
  • If you don’t remember your password, you can often get password help by clicking on the Forgot password link on the Sign in page of most websites.
  • In order for passwords to be effective, you should aim to update your online account passwords every few months or at least once a quarter.

Creating a Strong Password:

  • Use encrypted password management software to keep track of all of your passwords.
  • Variety – Don’t use the same password on all the sites you visit.
  • Don’t use a word from the dictionary.
  • Length – Select strong passwords that can’t easily be guessed with 10 or more characters.
  • Think of a meaningful phrase, song or quote and turn it into a complex password using the first letter of each word.
  • Complexity – Randomly add capital letters, punctuation or symbols.
  • Substitute numbers for letters that look similar (for example, substitute “0″ for “o” or “3″ for “E”.
  • Never give your password to others or write it down.

A few other account security and privacy best practices to keep in mind are:

  • Sign out of your account after you use a publicly shared computer.
  • Keep your antivirus software up to date.
  • Don’t put your email address, address or phone number on public profiles.
  • Only connect to people you know and trust.
  • Report any privacy issues to Customer Service.

*Modified from LinkedIn.com

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Microsoft Surface: What’s It All About?

 

Time will tell if the speculation that Microsoft’s Surface is indeed the “iPad killer”. The launch of Surface was met with mixed reviews; Microsoft’s Windows division president Steven Sinofsky’s demonstration showed Surface encountering issues surfing, playing games and smoothly playing media. Despite the frustration of a less than perfect first look, Surface still looks like it will live up to Microsoft’s hype.

At first sight Surface looks like the offspring of a laptop and a tablet. It is sleek and slim at just 9.3-millimeters thick with what Microsoft calls a “revolutionary” 3-millimeter keyboard/cover. The pressure sensitive cover magnetically attaches directly to the tablet. The integrated kickstand eliminates the need to purchase an additional cover with a stand. Built tough, Surface has a VaporMg casing that is made to protect the hardware inside and boasts a smooth finish.

At 10.6 inches the 16:9 widescreen HD display is large enough to share a viewing experience with a co-worker or friend. Surface is media friendly with auto-adjusting screen intensity and an SD card slot. Microsoft notes that Surface’s screen can be seen indoors or out. Surface is being promoted for use at home, in the office or on the go. Microsoft is calling the battery “great” but not revealing how long the battery actually lasts. Surface features a USB port for printing, charging your phone or sharing.

Surface will come in two different versions running different operating systems, one geared towards business clients and the other geared towards home users. The business version will run Windows Pro 8, and the home version will run Windows RT. RT is designed to run Metro Apps and will not be able to run full programs that Window’s users are accustomed to. However, those who have and use a Windows phone will find RT very easy to understand and use. Surface tablets that are running Windows 8 will offer a 42 W-h battery and options for 64gb or 128gb storage. The storage options for Windows 8 Pro models offer double the storage of RT models. Additionally the Windows 8 Surface is 13.5-millimeters in thickness, slightly thicker than the RT model.

Beyond tech, Surface has a fun side and has covers available in five vibrant colors. All in all, there are still many unknowns regarding Surface including ship dates and the all-important price tag What we do know is that Surface looks great and offers several standout features that may not make it the “iPad killer” but may make it a contender in the tablet market.

*Used with permission from Microsoft at Work

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