Just Mousing Around Newsletter ~ Volume 19 Issue 6 ~ June 2020
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Quick Heal v18 now available! Quick Heal v18.00 update FREE for current subscriptions. For both Internet Security & Total Security versions. How do I upgrade to the v18 version? Upgrade at no charge. Go to Quick Heal Upgrades page http://www.quickheal.com/upgrade. Choose the download corresponding with your version of Quick Heal software. Visit the website for instructions.
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For more info: Email us info(at)pcswebpartner.com Tai Chi can be a positive start for your journey to improving health & overall well-being.
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301 East 1st St, Ste #7
(Door north Aphrodite salon entrance)
Customers with Windows 7 installed on their PC, please take note.
Support for Microsoft Windows 7 has come to an end. Microsoft announced that Windows 7 reached end of support Jan. 14, 2020.
Ok, I’ve decided to get a new computer. What if I want some of the data from the old one to the new one?
We can help with that. Over the years, we have helped numerous customers’ transition from an old computer to a new one. Give us a call or come talk with us at 301 East 1st St, Suite #7. We’ll try to help make this shift a little smoother.
If you would like to see more information regarding Windows 7 End of Support information you can visit Microsoft’s website: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-7-end-of-life-support-information
Stop by our office and pick up a FREE booklet to share with kids: Heads Up: Stop, Think, Connect (for kids 8-12+) or Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online for parents, teachers, and other adults who spend time with kids from last months newsletter. While supplies last, limited quantity available. Stop by our location at 301 East 1st St, Suite 7 door north next to Aphrodite Salon--yes, we moved!
From the Workbench....
Last month, on May 7th, it was World Password Day. Did you miss it? It's a good reminder to create better passwords. The article below hopefully you can give us some tips to use.

Below is some excerpts from a Quick Heal blog article regarding passwords.
5 common password mistakes and tips for creating stronger passwords
November 10, 2017, Rajiv Singha

#1. I keep my pet's name as my password
We all love our pets, and sometimes to such an extent that we tend to use their names for our passwords; "Fluffy", "Fuzzy", "Dandy", "Bubbles", etc. While these are really cute names for your pets, they are a piece of cake for hackers. A survey revealed that one in six people use their pets' name for coming up with passwords.

#2. My password is my robin; wherever I go it follows
So what if I am using the same password "cody123" for my social network, my banking site, my gaming site, and my iTunes account? It is easy to remember, don't you get it? Of course, it is easy to plop down your fingers and type the same password for different accounts. But this factor of convenience is making you ignore one vital point. After a hacker manages to steal your password, the first thing they would do is try their luck with the same password for hacking into your other accounts. It is something like, your car's key is the same as that of your neighbors'. So using your key, a crook can steal the cars of rest of the people in the block.

#3. Special characters are so ugly, ugh!
For most of us, special characters like @, #, %, _, &, etc., may be annoying little pricks to type on the keyboard. But sometimes, best things come in annoying packages too. Let me give you an example. I used a password checker tool to see the difference a special character can make in creating a strong password? For a password "gingalala123", hackers may need about 8 hours to crack it. However, a password such as "gingalala@#123", can keep them busy for 1 year. Now, what do you think about special characters?

#4. Strong passwords for my email account; are you kidding me?
It's after all an email account; why would some hacker be interested in reading about the offers I receive, newsletters, or my chat history with my friends? You are forgetting one important point here - don't you use your email for resetting passwords? So, if a cybercriminal has hacked the password of your email account, they may have access to passwords of other accounts which may be more important or sensitive.

#5. Short passwords are good passwords
Most websites and applications require users to enter a password that is at least 6 - 8 characters long. They do not do this because they have a lot of free space to spare, but they are aware how serious users are about their password strength. By keeping a short password, you are only making a hacker's job easy.

So, avoid these password mistakes and follows these simple tips
1. Use your pet's name for your pet only, and nothing else.
2. Use different passwords for different websites.
3. Make it a rule of thumb to insert special characters in your password.
4. Treat your email's security with no less importance than the security of your social networking account or bank account.
5. When creating a password, remember, keep it at least 6-8 characters long.
6. Use at least one uppercase letter while choosing a password.
7. Avoid using dictionary words, predictive words, proper nouns, names of celebrities, date of birth, or any personal information for passwords.
8. Think of a phrase, for instance, "She dwelt among the untrodden ways". Now for the password, use the first letter of each word, which will give you sdatuw. Now, throw a dash of special characters, one uppercase letter, and some numbers, and you have with you the ultimate password - Sdatuw@#5896. To hack this kind of password, we wager, a hacker would take 10 years!

Having said all of that, complex passwords are secure but for most they may be difficult to remember.
In such a case, consider writing them down. Here's a couple suggestions that customers have told me they use: write it down on the 'colored' paper or other paper in a specific place, or in a small little note book.

Information found at: https://blogs.quickheal.com/5-common-password-mistakes-tips-creating-stronger-passwords/
Note: With this health event, we knew scams were likely to happen--
Unfortunately, scammers take advantage of our generosity. Spammers are taking advantage by sending fake emails from the World Health Organization, and other familiar names. There are even bogus fake charities, some use names that sound a lot like the real charities. Stay with the reputable ones. Also, be on the lookout for those robocalls that pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments or other schemes-just hang up, don't press any numbers as they suggest to remove you from list, it possibility could lead to more robocalls. Who wants more of those, said no one. :)
Summer begins!
Be well and have a wonderful day!
Regarding Covid-19, We are following recommended guidelines. Wipe down your keyboard & mouse, just as we are. If you are not feeling well or have a fever, and/or other symptoms please do not come in. If you are needing service, call us to discuss some options. Keep positive. Our hope is everyone stays healthy & use common sense. Soon we'll all be on the other side of this.
Please note: Closing early at 4 p.m. for a webinar the week of June 8-11th.