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The Monthly Download—May 2024

How to make the pain of passwords go away

Passwords. They’re the keys to our digital kingdoms, but also the biggest pain in our necks. They’ve
been around since the dawn of the internet, and guess what? Even with replacements being introduced, they’re not going away anytime soon.

I’m sure you’ve felt the pain of managing a billion passwords for all your accounts. It’s exhausting and risky. Perhaps it’s time you considered using a password manager.

The real beauty of password managers is you only have to remember one password – the
master password to log in to your manager. Then, it does everything else for you.

  • It creates long random passwords
  • It remembers them and stores them safely
  • And it will even fill them into the login page for you

That means no more racking your brain trying to remember if your password is “P@ssw0rd123” or “Pa55w0rd123” (both are really bad and dangerously weak passwords by the way). With a password manager, all the work is done for you.

We won’t sugar coat it – password managers aren’t invincible. Like all superheroes, they have their weaknesses. Cyber criminals can sometimes trick password managers into auto filling login details on fake websites.

But there are ways to outsmart criminals. First, disable the automatic autofill feature. Yes, it’s convenient, but better safe than sorry, right? Only trigger autofill when you’re 100% sure the website is legit.

And when choosing a password manager, go for one with strong encryption and multi-factor authentication (MFA) where you generate a code on another device to prove it’s you. These extra layers of security can make a big difference in making your accounts impenetrable.

Enterprise password managers offer useful features like setting password policies and analyzing your teams’ passwords for vulnerabilities. Plus, they often come with behaviour analysis tools powered by machine learning tech. Highly recommended.

But here’s the thing – no matter how advanced your password manager is, it’s only as good as the person using it. So, do yourself a favour: Train your team to stay vigilant against scams and always keep your password manager up to date.

We can recommend the right password manager for your business and help you and your team use it in the right way. Get in touch.

What's happening at RCT this month?

We are going to be at the upcoming UMAAS Convention May 29-30 in Saskatoon! Stop by and say hi!

Business gadget of the month

MELIFO monitor light bar: Your home office set up may take a little adjustment to get just right.
This monitor light bar will help create exactly the right lighting for your desk without creating glare on your screen or illuminating the whole room.

It reduces eye strain, it’s cheap, and it’s easy to set up. Oh, and it looks really cool too!

$39 from Amazon.

Technology Update

Canva is about to get bigger

If you do any kind of graphic design in your business, you may be familiar with Canva. It’s one of the best tools out there for non-designers.

In a surprise announcement, Canva recently revealed its acquisition of Affinity’s Photo, Designer, and Publisher apps. These are alternatives to Adobe’s professional design apps.

We haven’t heard yet what changes, if any, are coming… but stay tuned.

Tech facts

  • iPod creator Tony Fadell had his MP3 player idea rejected by both Phillips and RealNetworks before turning to Apple, who loved the idea. And the rest, as they say, is history.
  • An older phone that doesn’t have smartphone capabilities is known as a “dumb” phone.
  • Microsoft reported 32 million daily active users of Teams on March 11, 2020. By October 28 that same year, that number had risen to 115 million. Wonder why…?

Inspirational quote of the month

“Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you
tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves.”

—Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple

A New Month, A New Tech Quiz

1) What does URL stand for?

2) What was the most downloaded app of the 2010s?

3) What was the first game controller with vibration feedback?

4) Before Google’s mobile s AdOS, what was Android developed for?

5) Before it was known as Adobe Photoshop, what was the earlier version of the software called?

The answers are below.

  1. Uniform Resource Locator
  2. Facebook
  3. Nintendo 64 controller
  4. It was originally designed for digital cameras, but they later repurposed it for phones after realizing the market for cameras was cooling
  5. Originally it was Display, then ImagePro

New to Microsoft 365

More AI features are coming to Teams Chat

Microsoft Copilot is going to open up a load of new features in Teams Chat, making it easier and more convenient to use.

AI supported features will include better call quality, intelligent call recaps, and messaging composition, as well as new hybrid camera tech that can move between office-based and remote attendees during calls.

For any help or advice, get in touch. It’s what we do.

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