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Passwords are a common form of authentication and are often the only barrier between you and your personal information. There are several programs attackers can use to help guess or crack passwords. By choosing good passwords and keeping them confidential, you can make it more difficult for an unauthorized person to access your information.

How to choose good passwords

Avoid common mistakes

Most people use passwords that are based on personal information and are easy to remember. However, that also makes it easier for an attacker to crack them. Consider a four-digit PIN. Is yours a combination of the month, day, or year of your birthday? Does it contain your address or phone number? Think about how easy it is to find someone’s birthday or similar information. What about your email password—is it a word that can be found in the dictionary? If so, it may be susceptible to dictionary attacks, which attempt to guess passwords based on common words or phrases.

Although intentionally misspelling a word (“daytt” instead of “date”) may offer some protection against dictionary attacks, an even better method is to rely on a series of words and use memory techniques, or mnemonics, to help you remember how to decode it. For example, instead of the password “hoops,” use “IlTpbb” for “[I] [l]ike [T]o [p]lay [b]asket[b]all.” Using both lowercase and capital letters adds another layer of obscurity. Changing the same example used above to “Il!2pBb.” creates a password very different from any dictionary word.

Length and complexity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed specific guidelines for strong passwords. According to NIST guidance, you should consider using the longest password or passphrase permissible (8–64 characters) when you can. For example, “Pattern2baseball#4mYmiemale!” would be a strong password because it has 28 characters and includes the upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. You may need to try different variations of a passphrase—for example, some applications limit the length of passwords and some do not accept spaces or certain special characters. Avoid common phrases, famous quotations, and song lyrics.

Dos and don’ts

Once you’ve come up with a strong, memorable password it’s tempting to reuse it—don’t! Reusing a password, even a strong one, endangers your accounts just as much as using a weak password. If attackers guess your password, they would have access to your other accounts with the same password. Use the following techniques to develop unique passwords for each of your accounts:

  • Use different passwords on different systems and accounts.
  • Use the longest password or passphrase permissible by each password system.
  • Develop mnemonics to remember complex passwords.
  • Consider using a password manager program to keep track of your passwords. (See more information below.)
  • Do not use passwords that are based on personal information that can be easily accessed or guessed.
  • Do not use words that can be found in any dictionary of any language.

Source and more info please see – https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-002

Something about:TikTok

What is Tik Tok (formerly musical.ly)? The quick answer is that it’s anything you want it to be. That simple.

In a world of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. Tik Tok could be just another digital fad in the Social Media space. With a reported 25 million monthly active users in the US alone, 500 million worldwide, this is one huge fad.

So back to the question: What is it?
I think of TokTok as a social media Karaoke platform for creating, sharing and discovering new ways of expressing oneself. My kids seem to enjoy using it to learn new dance moves and show their unique abilities with friends and family.

I too joined in on the fun and started using it myself to gain a better understanding and noticed some interesting things. A large amount of dancing, much of which is provocative, up until you train the AI displaying content to you by skipping past and disliking what some would say is not “safe for the workplace”.

Once I established a cadence with the app I started to see posts that that was interesting to me such a technology, art, politics and fitness. As I said before… Tik Tok could be anything you want it to be.

What Are the Potential Risks?
Users may be exposed to bad language and content of a sexual nature. Users can comment on other videos, this leaves the potential for online bullying or negative comments.

The app does make an attempt to promote positive comments and encourages users to ‘say something nice’, however, if you come across an inappropriate comment there is an option to report abuse. With anything shared online, it’s recommended that you as a parent learn how the app works, check your and your kids privacy settings and always use the Stranger Danger Rule.

Tik Tok does have a Digital Wellbeing center where you can monitor the screentime of your child, however, this is useless if they are permitted (and they are) to create multiple accounts. Link here.

Like all apps and social networks, Tik Tok does have community guidelines, so familiarizing yourself with them is a good idea

Age Restrictions?
TikTok has a minimum user age of 13 years-old. This means that you as a Parent need to monitor your child on this service. As I have done, create an account and use it to watch what your child is doing. It’s not a bad idea to also hold onto the login details and audit their accounts periodically. Again, the stranger danger rule does apply.

Community Guidelines
They are generic at best but you can get more info here: http://support.tiktok.com/en/privacy-safety/community-policy-en

Good Luck and be Safe

Nimble Storage CS260G Parts

I recently had a failure of an HDD and Power Supply on an aged Nimble Storage CS260G Storage Array [12x 3TB HDD, 4x 600GB SSD], 10Gb SFP+. This system is outside of the warranty and now at the end of life by Nimble, now part of HPE. So that has me replacing parts on my own.

The SSD Used for caching is a: Intel® SSD 320 Series Drive – 300GB, 2.5in SATA 3Gb/s, 25nm, MLC – Currently discontinued.

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/56567/intel-ssd-320-series-300gb-2-5in-sata-3gb-s-25nm-mlc.html

INTEL SSDSA2CW300G3 : 300.0 GB [1/1/0, sa1] – il

Retailers may have them for sales on Amazon – https://amzn.to/2DJkirX

Next was the Power Supply which turns out to be a Supermicro 1200W 1U Redundant Power Supply (PWS-1K21P-1R)
Link: https://store.supermicro.com/1200w-1u-pws-1k21p-1r.html

I also found some fences on Amazon for these – https://amzn.to/2OK7pUC

Office 365: Increase Mailbox Size

Like most things, there is a predefined default, and at some point in time, there will be a need to deviate from this. Office 365 Admins should have an understanding of those and setup procedures to increase the size for individuals or the organization when the need arises

To increase the Office 365 Mailbox size we must use Windows PowerShell as the Web UI lacks the ability to make such changes at this time.

Step 1: Connect to Office 365 – Exchange Online:
An Office 365 Exchange Online Admin Account is Required

$UserCredential = Get-Credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session

Step 2: Get information about the mailbox you are looking to increase size on. I like to take note of the results before and then after I introduce changes

Get-Mailbox jermsmit | Out-GridView
Get-Mailbox jermsmit | Select *quota

Step 3: Issue the command to increase the storage:
Example: Set-Mailbox -ProhibitSendQuota -ProhibitSendReceiveQuota -IssueWarningQuota

Set-Mailbox jermsmit -ProhibitSendQuota 69.5GB -ProhibitSendReceiveQuota 70GB -IssueWarningQuota 69GB

Step 4: Review your changes, for this we goto step Step 2

For more information on Office 365 Mailbox Limits, please visit the following: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/servicedescriptions/exchange-online-service-description/exchange-online-limits#mailbox-storage-limits

If your looking for a good Essentials for Administration of Exchange online please swing by Amazon for an excellent book: https://amzn.to/34LeVUN

International Men’s Day 2019

International Men’s Day is an opportunity to share positive contributions and raise awareness for issues related to men around the world. We don’t like to talk about it much, but suicide is one of the leading causes of death, disease, and injury among men globally – in fact (per the article) suicide is the top killer of men under the age of 45.

But the stigma around #mentalhealth and #suicideprevention persists – according to a recent survey, only 31% of males claimed to be willing to discuss their feelings with another person.

If you or someone you care about is in crisis, please seek help immediately:

Call 911(US), 999(UK), 112(EU), 119(JP)

Visit a nearby emergency department or your health care provider’s office.

In the US Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to talk to a trained counselor.

Please see the article link in the comment below:
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/international-mens-day-2019-when-is-it-date-celebrate-men-mental-health-movember-a9204376.html

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