IVSComm Monthly Newsletter February 2019
What is two-factor authentication?
Keeping your identity safe online has become very challenging these days. One way to make sure your account doesn’t get hacked is to use two-factor authentication (2FA). 2FA works like this: When you request to login to a website, you put in your username and password as usual. The website sends a text message that contains a one-time-use code to your phone. You type the code into a text box on the website and you are ready to go. So to help keep you safe online, use strong passwords and implement 2FA whenever possible.
Tech Terms Defined!
- CPU—the central processing unit is the chip that does all the work in your computer.
- RAM—memory; where your data resides so you can work on it.
- Hard Drive—Storage; where your data lives when you aren’t using it.
- Router—a piece of networking equipment that assigns network addresses to connected devices such as computers, phones, and printers.
- Modem—a piece of network equipment that connects you to your internet service provider. A modem may act as a router as well.
How to Prevent Phone Flu
No, it's not a new strain of the flu. Since we are now in the midst of the flu season, disinfecting your phone is something that many people do on a regular basis to keep from getting sick. While important, there is a wrong way and a right way to clean your phone.
Many years ago, we had a school district client, who would call us in the morning to say their phone system was down and they could not make or receive any calls. We would send a tech out and by the time the tech arrived the system was working again. They called us 3 more times over the same week and always at the same time of day, but service would always be restored by the time the tech arrived on site.
Finally we sent the tech early to experience the outage. The secretary would come in every morning at the same time and begin her day by spraying down her phone with Lysol, causing the entire system to short out and crash until the alcohol in the solution evaporated and everything would start working again. We all had a good laugh after they paid us for sending a tech for a situation they caused themselves.
To avoid costly fees and down time on your phone system, here's how to disinfect your phone: Using a lintfree cloth, lightly spray your choice of disinfectant directly on the cloth, NOT the phone. Do not soak the cloth. Use the cloth to wipe down the handset and the buttons using a light touch. Phones are gentle creatures and don't like rough-housing. Use your newly disinfected phone with confidence and joy by smiling when you talk on the phone.
Quote of the Month
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new'’ —Albert Einstein
“We cannot choose our external circumstances but we can always choose how we respond to them.” —Epictetus