Compute IT Passwords

Passwords are the bane of our lives, but we have to deal with them and for most of us this can mean upwards of a dozen or more.  So how do we deal with them?

Creating a strong password is essential.  That means using a mixture of lower case letters, CAPITAL letters, number(s) and/or punctuation.  Using the first letter of family names can make it a bit easier to remember.  Add in a number or two plus some valid punctuation (found on the top of the number keys) will make it very strong.

This is only part of it though!  Now you have to remember them.  I know most advice is not to write them down somewhere, but I would suggest this is a good option.  Whatever you decide to write them into, do not keep it in the same room as the computer.

Now we have good strong passwords, kept a list of them, so nothing can go wrong.  Wrong!!  How about the passwords that you have the computer keep so you don’t need to keep entering them?  Are these on your list?  Probably the most frequent, and important, one I have to sort out is your email password.  In the event of a change of computer, or if a rebuild is required, finding the correct email password is not always easy.  Usually this means waiting your turn in line on the phone for quite some time for the Help Desk to create a new password.  This now has to be entered to gain access to your email.  In a word, frustrating.

Dust and carpet fluff

Inside all computers are a series of cooling fans.  These are designed to move heat away from critical components within the computer or laptop.  These can get clogged up with dust, carpet fluff and animal fur.  Once this happens the computer is designed to reduce its performance to cut down the heat generated so it can survive.  If the fan over the Central Processing Unit (CPU) gets fully blocked a thermal cut-out switch will activate and shut down the computer.  Do NOT use your vacuum cleaner to try and solve this.  This will likely create static electricity and potentially do some damage to the sensitive electronics of the computer.  Removing the covers and using clean compressed air is the best way to deal to blocked fans.  Once a year is fine for this operation.

If you need help with this, or would just like to chat about your options, give me a call at 345-6098.  To find out more about this, follow this link: http://www.abingdon.co.nz/insideeastside.html

Wayne Parkinson
Abingdon Computing Essentials  –  www.abingdon.co.nz
Phone – 345-6098 Contact Wayne for all your virus and computer fixes or training needs.