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Five tips for secure passwords that are easy to remember

Five tips for secure passwords that are easy to remember

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5019578 - login  password on lcd screen macroJust about every business these days is getting hacked. For example, at the beginning of June, the Twitter and Pinterest accounts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were breached because he used a common password: “dadada”. Zuckerberg was lucky, however, since the hack was conducted by a company testing his security.

Zuckerberg is not alone. According to a study by Statista, over a million people still use easy-to-remember passwords. The infographic below shows the 10 most popular LinkedIn passwords, obtained in 2012 breach of about 117 million accounts. According to LeakedSource, “123456” was the most popular password (over 750,000 accounts used it, to be exact).

Infographic: Social Media: People Still Use Pathetic Passwords | Statista

Want to keep your sensitive information safe from a possible security breach? Follow these five steps for secure passwords that are easy to remember:

1. Make it long. Security experts recommend passwords to be between 8 and 12 characters at the minimum. The longer the password is, the more difficult it is for hackers to use automated systems to crack it.

2. Avoid dictionary words, names and places. Hackers often use common words when trying to log into secure systems. It’s also best if you don’t use full words either. Consider using variations of words that you will remember instead.

3. Include numbers and special characters. Another way you can make your passwords more secure is by making them more complex with numbers and special characters. Include at least two of these for a stronger password.

4. Make it random. Rather than including special characters at the start or end of your password, consider sprinkling them throughout. Also, consider incorporating letters you wouldn’t normally use.

5. Use a random password generator. If you’re not sure what password you’d like to generate, consider using a password generator from a site like Random.org. Copy the password you generate and use an app like 1Password so you will always have it with you.

These five tips will help you create strong passwords that you will never forget. Just changing your passwords won’t prevent your business, however, from all possible security breaches. CloudTech1 offers robust services that will allow you to maintain the security of your network at an affordable price. Learn more here.

What is cloud computing and how can it help your business?

What is cloud computing and how can it help your business?

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12938502_SWhat is cloud computing? What is the cloud? Is the cloud something my business needs or am I already using it?

These are just some of many questions we receive on this subject and for a good reason. Cloud computing is the latest trend for businesses updating their computer systems today. In fact, cloud computing will cross the $270 billion mark by 2020 and thousands of companies every year are implementing it at rapid rates.

Now that we’ve demonstrated the importance of cloud computing, you’re likely asking:

So, what is cloud computing then?

The simple definition: Cloud computing is essentially storing and accessing data and programs online instead of on your computer’s hard drive. You likely use the “cloud” already. Every time you write or send an email, you’re using the cloud. Any time you take a photo on your smartphone and it’s then stored to Google Photos, iCloud or Dropbox, you’re again using the “cloud.”

Cloud computing is only accessed over the Internet. If you’re offline, it is not considered cloud computing because you’re then storing files and information on your computer’s hard drive.

How can cloud computing help my business?

Cloud computing offers many benefits over storing data, programs and applications on your hard drive. For one, you can access your information from anywhere, whether you’re at the office or on the go. It saves plenty of space on your computer so you’re not bringing down speeds or productivity. Plus, you don’t have to keep purchasing and installing expensive software programs consistently to make sure your systems are up to date. All of your programs are online, so they’re updated automatically.

With cloud computing, your computer is also protected in the event that someone steals your desktop or laptop from the office. Since your data and programs are all online, you can still access them and even change your password so thieves won’t be able to steal private data. Cloud computing is even secure, especially if you purchase it through CloudTech1.

How can I get started on implementing cloud computing for my business?

If everything we said so far about cloud computing is peaking your interest, you’re not alone. We’ve helped many businesses implement cloud computing services and they have all had similar questions like you. Learn more about our cloud computing services here.

If you have any questions about cloud computing or have had a successful experience with it, feel free to post a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

CIO On-Demand

CIO On-Demand

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To stay competitive in today’s high-tech business world, Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) need to keep their IT network up and running. But hiring a Chief Information Officer (CIO) can be beyond many SMBs’ budgets. CIOs can command salaries well over $150,000 a year.

Image from Forbes.com

Image from Forbes.com

Instead of investing heavily in a CIO, organizations can hire a CIO on-demand from CloudTech1, a Rochester Hills IT Network Services Provider. CloudTech1 has CIO experience for a department of defense contractor that demands the highest level of network fluidity and security. CloudTech1 also has the experience in all phases of of business, including insurance, legal, factory, and medical just to name a few.

The beauty of a CIO on-demand or IT Network Service Provider is a BDM pays for what you need while receiving guidance, expertise, AND a team of technicians securing the current network. It also provides mentoring and advising for the FUTURE of the IT Network while the Business Decision Maker(BDM) has full control. There is no need for insurance, 401k, or concern of losing the employee.

WHY CLOUDTECH1?
We are an IT Network Services Provider. Our services allow you to invest a flat fee every month based on the devices on the network. We also offer free seminars (below) that provide an enjoyable environment for BDMs to learn and ask questions on the newest technologies without having to worry about a sales pitch. We aspire to be innovators to your success.

LUNCH IS ON US
Join us on the third Wednesday of each month as we host a seminar on “Game Changing Cloud Technologies” and other topics to help the IT Network.
Wednesday July 20 – “Game Changing Cloud Technologies and BYOD” (Rochester Hills)
Wednesday August 17 – “Game Changing Cloud Technologies and Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery” (Meeting at Automation Alley in Troy)
Wednesday September 21 – “Game Changing Cloud Technologies and Network Security” (Rochester Hills)
Have a free lunch, grow with us, and maybe you’ll learn something that will help your IT Network.
info@cloudtech1.com
855-6-CLOUD1 or (855-625-6831)

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CloudTech1 to host showcase featuring Bring Your Own Device

CloudTech1 to host showcase featuring Bring Your Own Device

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23297772 - a word cloud of byod related itemsA new trend for business decision makers today is to invite employees to BYOD or Bring Your Own Device. BYOD sports many benefits, including saving time and money and boosting employee morale. If done improperly, however, a BYOD strategy can cause a disaster for a company.

At the next CloudTech1 Showcase on July 20, we’ll share why preparation, monitoring and security are crucially important for an effective BYOD strategy. The event will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Spalding DeDecker Office Building, 905 East South Boulevard at Rochester Hills, MI.

There will also be a 3 p.m. showcase for sales agents and partners. You can register for the event here.

We will also host an event in August and September. You can find more information about these events below:

August 17th – Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
September 21st – Network Security

The showcase is just one of the many exciting things happening in 2016 at CloudTech1. At the beginning of the year, we celebrated the launch of our brand new facility and kicked off our first CloudTech1 Showcase in June. We also recently had a booth at the MICPA Management Information and Business’ Novi Suburban Showcase. There was a positive response to our Managed Services at the event as many business decision makers in attendance saw the value in our ability to help clients save money on IT.

If you are a CFO or CPA, we highly recommend checking out the association at MICPA.org. In addition, if you’re looking for a speaker on IT and cloud services, contact us by phone at 855-6CLOUD-1 or by email at info@cloudtech1.com.

MiTechNews Podcast with CloudTech1 CEO, Rick Beckers

MiTechNews Podcast with CloudTech1 CEO, Rick Beckers

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BYOD

FARMINGTON HILLS – Rick Beckers, CEO of Managed Service Provider CloudTech1, provides details on the next session of CloudTech1 University. On July 20, CloudTech1 University will focus on Bring Your Own Device – BYOD. Employees want to bring their own laptop or smartphone to connect to the corporate Internet. But by doing so, they threaten the cybersecurity of the corporate network.

Now technology exists to provide security for companies that want to let employees use their own devices. This technology will be the focus on the July 20 CloudTech1 University event. Business decision makers are invited to attend at 11 am at CloudTech1’s corporate headquarters in Farmington Hills. Lunch is included. At 3 pm a second session is aimed at agents and IT professionals to teach them how to keep the corporate network safe from cyber hackers.

But Beckers said this session of CloudTech1 University also is about mobility and how businesses need to use it more effectively to remain competitive in our digitally connected world.

To listen to this podcast, click on https://soundcloud.com/podcastdetroit/m2-episode-39-cloud-tech-1-university