Password Basics

By Marian Merritt

There have been some well-publicized news stories of hacked websites where millions of user accounts and passwords were posted publicly. Can you imagine if you were one of those users affected? They likely had to hurry to change their credentials and make sure they didn't use the same combination of email address and password on any other websites. Chances are these people, like many others, did use the same password for other accounts. Many people not only use the same password all over the Web, but they also choose weak and foolish passwords.

Here's a list of some of the top password choices for millions of computer users:
  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. qwerty
  4. 111111
  5. monkey


Ethical Considerations in Business

Editors note - This is another in our series of articles from "non technology" sources which can affect your business or organization. - Enjoy! 

Are you an ethical business person?? I ask the question because most of us would answer affirmatively, yet I propose that too few of us really consciously consider the ethics of a business decision when we’re weighing our options. I believe it is important that this issue of ethics take on a more conscious, deliberate role in our business decision making.

In a nutshell, the issue of ethics boils down to asking yourself, “What price am I willing to pay for this decision, and can I live with that price?”  This process can be helped by defining each letter of the word, ETHICS.


Can Your Business Survive a Disaster?

We heard it this past week: "Nothing will happen to my business!"  "The weather here is not that bad!"  "All my company's important information is in my head!"  
Our community was just incredibly fortunate.  We escaped Hurricane "Sandy"!  Nothing much happened here.  However, just a hundred miles to our southeast, people and businesses were not so lucky.  People lost their lives. Billions of dollars of business and infrastructure have been damaged and destroyed.  It will take weeks, months, and in some cases years to assess all the damage and to rebuild.  
The reality is that too many of our clients are not prepared to deal with a hurricane, fire, flood, or blizzard; all of which have happened right here in Central New York in the very recent past.  A few businesses have failed because of those disasters. On the one hand, we don't want people to go around being scared, but without any planning or forethought, you are just rolling the dice.


No More Boring Meetings

Editor's Note:  There are meetings, then there are "meetings".  You know, the ones you just hate to attend and have an overwhelming feeling of deja vu!  Here's some good ides of how to organize and lead better (and shorter) meetings!

Ah, the workplace meeting. The reassuring buzz of fluorescent lights. The frigidity of over-air conditioned conference rooms. The rumble of pre-lunch hunger pangs. As if all of these features weren’t delightful enough, you also get the inevitable mix of personality types, poor social skills and politicking that give workplace meetings their negative reputation.
According to a survey, 47 percent of respondents noted meetings as the biggest workplace time waster [1]. That beats out the Internet, which was listed as a time waster by only 18 percent of respondents.
The workplace meeting doesn’t have to be a time suck by default. By applying some meeting management dexterity, you can help ensure that your group sessions do what they’re supposed to do: get things done.


What is BYOD?


A new acronym has been popping up in businesses  and business technology recently -  BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. It’s  starting to become a hot topic of late because more and more businesses are allowing employees to bring in their own smartphones, notebooks, tablets, etc.  This trend can be attributed to the development of cloud technology and smartphones, specifically the iPhone, due to their ability to view and share documents anywhere.


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