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Tricks on how to do some neat things
with that computer you use everyday.
Just about everyone uses a computer each day, but do you
really use it?
Most of us only scratch the surface of
it's abilities. Within each issue of our newsletters, we
will show you how to use some of the programs that you
possibly already use daily, with tips to your advantage
and just maybe make you smile.
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Product Tip of the
- Address on the Fly - Windows 7
Passwords - Mostly known to most as "pain" however they
don't have to be. With security breaches and law
suit happy clients, it pays to be better protected today
than in the past. This also means not writing your
password on a sticky note and pasting to your monitor or
taping to the bottom of your keyboard. Doing this
is about like putting your house key under the front
door mat and yes it's the first place a thief looks.
Ok then you say, what do you do? Well depending
upon what you are logging into, your choice of passwords
can be limited, or allow excellent choices. For example, the
password "the fox jumped over the red river" is
technically a better password than "X*heT4"? The
"Space" between each word is is technically a character
and has been shown to be more difficult to crack.
The most used passwords? "God, Password, Secret,
1234, birthdates, ssn's and others"
Associate passwords with common things in your life
to make it easier to remember like: "Go Purdue
Boilers", "I love Summer", "Il0veIceCre@m". Notice that
we associated capitol letters and characters in place of
Now some systems have backend
engines that will look at the password of your choice
and try to decipher them as a "Common word". This
means that sn00py would still read as snoopy as a common
word thus not allowing you to use that particular
password. Be creative.
There are packages
available to keep track of your passwords. A very
simple method would be to keep a list on an excel sheet,
then password protect that sheet. Very useful for
those passwords that you use once a month.
remember that if you tell your Internet Browser to
remember your username and password, you still need to
keep track of them as if you need to login somewhere
else or heaven forbid your computer dies, your not
We recently made a provider change for our spam
filtering system and one of the new benefits is what is
known as "Address on the fly ATOF". This feature
enables email users to spontaneously create a new email
address for disclosure on the web or over the telephone,
without any software interaction or assistance from us.
Why? Check this out...
You purchase something from a new vendor but not sure
you will continue to do business with them in the
future. Normally your email address is
but in this situation you give
email@example.com which when they send
an email to you it will automatically be white listed
and allowed through the system.
Why is this so awesome? Of all the vendors and
news lists that have your email address, how many of
them share or leak your email address to others?
Using AOTF will show you INSTANTLY!
With this new system, at the bottom of each email you
will see a control panel with information like this
screen shot. Notice that in this email, Merchant1
shared the users email address with Merchant2. Now
if this upsets you, you can simply click the option you
wish to invoke in the noted green area.
If your worried about this control panel being shown if
you forward an email, it gets removed on a reply or
forward outside of your system.
For more information on this feature and others, the
users manual is available on our website under Technical
Not all of our clients are moved to this new system.
If your unsure, give us a call on the helpdesk number.
260-213-4266 or 866-369-1970 Option 1 to find out.
OCTOBER 22, 2009 is the slated release date for this new
Windows operating system. Big deal? We think
so. We have been beta testing this on our laptops
now for a few months and this author is VERYYY impressed e-rele We think
so. We have been beta testing this on our laptops
now for a few months and this author is VERYYY impressed
with the pre-release. Never have I had a system so
stable and go in and out of sleep mode, hibernation
mode, and instantly work!
There are 5 versions being slated for release:
1. Win7 Professional
2. Win7 Starter
3. Win7 Home Premium X64
4. Win7 Ultimate X64
5. Win7 Home Basic
There are plans for upgrades if you currently have
Vista. We do not suggest doing an upgrade on any
machine that does not have the "Vista Approved"
manufactures label. Vista had a few short comings
but the biggest issue we noticed across the country is
too many people tried to install Vista on a machine that
could barely handle Windows XP. Without the proper
sized engine, memory and video card your looking at a
disaster. Ok, for the Apple hecklers in the back
room, yes you haven't had a problem with this
because....Apple builds the machines and the software
thus each machine is correctly designed in the first
place unlike a pc in which the cheapest model is usually
picked which ultimately causes issues like this. (Feel
like I'm at a comedy bar and I'm being heckled.)
If you just can't wait to learn more, head on over to
http://www.microsoft.com/windows7 to learn more now!
tip of the month
Ever wanted to quickly switch
between programs that you are running? Hold the
ALT key down and touch the TAB key. Now keep touching
the TAB key and see it move across each open
application. Release both keys and you are now
taken to that open application.
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