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The preview of Windows 10 launched 10 days ago. The final version will launch sometime in the summer of 2015 and business users across the globe are waiting to see how it will compare to Windows 8. The RETURN OF STARTUP MENU is certainly a big, and welcome, change. Apart from that, the new version of Windows has many other features that you may come to love. Here is an overview of Windows 8 based on what we know now.  

Are you all using the same passwords for all your PCs? Do you use same password for all your accounts just because you don’t want to remember multiple passwords?

If the answer to these questions is yes, you may want to change your password strategy! If your password gets hacked for one account, hackersare now trying to access all your accounts using the same password.  This can leave your business and personal data at risk.  Password security is an important aspect of keeping your confidential data confidential. 

 

Choosing a strong password seems easy, but does take some perseverance. Employees may find it difficult to figure out a password they could use when they create a new account that is strong enough to avoid hacking and still easy enough to remember. It’s time to become a password guru! This blog will help you and your employees choose passwords that will help keep your confidential data safe.

  • There are some basic rules for creating appropriate passwords. Most websites will guide you about such rules. In simple terms, a strong password is a combination of upper and lower case letters along with numerical and special characters.During your HR on-boarding, make sure you brief your employees about password security and require strong passwords on the network and for business related websites.  Thankfully, many websites no longer allow you to create an account unless you have chosen a strong password.
  • When you are using numbers, do not use them in succession. ‘123’ or ‘12345’ is a very poor combination. Use numbers randomly. Also, do not use your home or office address; such passwords are very easy to crack.
  • Choose a password reminder tool. Many employees do not use complicated passwordsbecause they feel they can’t remember the password when needed. With the new crop of password tools available, the focus can be on creating strong passwords, not remembering them.  Tools such as LastPass are very helpful. Lastpass remembers all your passwords and also does security checks regularly to ensure that the websites that you are about to use are safe. If they are not, LastPass will warn you. It will also prompt you when it is recommended to change a particular password.  Brief your employees about such tools and ensure that they use them instead of trying to use sticky notes on their monitor to remember their passwords!
  • Change your password regularly, at least once in every two months. This will give an extra layer of security.
  • Do not let your employees use a universal password. Encourage them to use a different password for each account they operate.
  • Beware of “phishing” emails and websites.  Legitimate websites will never ask for your password via e-mail or phone.  If you get an email asking you to update your password, do not click the links in that message.  Instead, type the website into your browser and login from there.  Also, be sure to make sure that important sites such as email and online banking sites are using SSL and that the certifies are valid.  If you get an unexpected “certificate warning” message on one of the sites you frequent, close your browser and try again.  If you still get it, try from a different computer or call your IT team. 
  • Test your passwords before using them. Many online tools help you check the strength of your passwords; just be sure to obfuscate the real password by replacing a few characters!
  • Do not hesitate to choose a complex password. Almost all sites give you the option to reset the password via email or text if needed.  Resetting a password is easy, and is less work than trying to recover from a hacked account. As there were some tips provided by a seo company in phoenix 

We hope this blog encourages your employees to be more proactive in ensuring the security of your organization. For more such helpful details, read our other blogs or log on to www.gravityusa.com

Every business these days is looking for innovative ways to increase productivity and free up valuable resources. Today we highlight a few apps that have proved useful for our small business customers: 

 

Lookeen

We use this app internally and have quite a few customers who use it.  Basically, it is a 3rd party content indexer that works very well with Outlook.  It pulls the searching and indexing out of outlook (pst and ost) and moves them into a text-only index.  It turns out that much of Outlook slowness in searching is related to display times and not search times.  By removing the display part of the equation, Lookeen enables super-fast searching.  You can easily search 50,000 items in under a second.  Pro tip: turn off attachment indexing if you don’t need it for better indexing performance. 

 

TripIt

This is another useful app. This app isn’t meant to simplify your business operations. Instead, it will help you manage your travel in on “plane of glass”.  TripIt is a travel-based app that can help you book your flights, car rentals, trains, buses, etc. instantly. It is quite easy to use and is perfect for entrepreneurs who are always on the move. If you are into a business that requires you to travel frequently, try subscribing to TripIt. 

 

Mynd 

 

This smart app is built act like your virtual assistant and to handle a number of your daily calendar operations. It is also known as ‘calendar with brain’. It can help you deal with your appointments effectively and in a timely manner. It can also find the social profiles of people who you are planning to meet, helping you learn more about their background before meeting them. Mynd also tells you about the traffic conditions and reminds you to leave for your appointment on time based on current conditions.

There are tons of apps that small businesses and entrepreneurs can use for optimizing their operations. If you need professionals IT help, get in touch with us and we would be glad to provide you with our take.


 

Cloud computing has gained tremendous popularity in the last few years. In fact, the technology is no longer limited to large corporations; even small and medium sizes businesses prefer hosted servers to store and manage their data. 

Gravity systems provides your enterprise with advanced Managed IT services. We offer technological support. We have powerful anti-spam solutions as well as solutions for data back up. Our company keeps in view all of your needs and that’s how we shape our plans and solutions so that you may get the maximum benefit.

Using Postini for your email security solution?   Switch to GravityAntispam!

Google has announced the retirement of Postini, their email security and archiving service.  Over the course of 2013, Postini users will need to either migrate to Google Apps or no longer utilize Google’s security services. 

As a company grows or even gets smaller, its needs for computer equipment and support change.  The Gravity Systems Common IT Questions blog series responds to the question of IT planning.

Spring is here, and with it comes the time-honored ritual of spring cleaning. There's something really satisfying about making everything all shiny, new and ready for action, whether it's your garage at home or your workplace IT center. It's the perfect time to think about your IT budget, what upgrades you may want to make, and what systems may need renovating or replacing. IT components aren't different from your average toaster in one sense -- eventually they will just reach the end of their life and stop working. Except with a toaster, all you're out of is toast. When an IT component fails, you're out of an IT system, at least until Gravity Systems rushes over with replacement parts.