Warming You Up to Deep Freeze

We know, this is how some of us feel about Deep Freeze.

But we need to just Let It Go.

Hopefully, the list below will give you a Reason to Believe.

Deep Freeze

  • Allows us to keep the full functionality of a computer.
  • Is general virus protection.
  • Lets us be confident that all computers in a lab will stay the same and when you are working as a class that everyone sees the same screens.
  • Ensures that computers go back to classroom layouts once restarted, even when they are used for evening classes.
  • Allows you to try something new without worry.

We’re not trying to be Cold As Ice. There are ways to add things to your computer, so Don’t Stop Believing.  Call the tech office, and they will temporarily remove Deep Freeze so that you can upgrade or add something to your favorites. BUT (and we say this from recent personal experience), make sure you know exactly what you are downloading/upgrading before you ask to be thawed. Even the most innocuous sites can add on something you don’t want.

Another  option is to bookmark your favorite online resources in Google Chrome and access them Wherever You Are.

Hopefully, this post thawed your feelings about Deep Freeze.

Has Your Information Been Breached?

Have I Been Pwned is a great site to check to see if any of your online accounts have been compromised in recent data breaches.  Check It Out!  Even better, sign up to be notified if there has been a breach on your account.  You have to be proactive in protecting your online data.  Do the Safety Dance on a regular basis.  If you Are in the Mood, scroll through some of the large corporations that had security breaches. (link) 

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We’re Back in the Saddle Again!

Welcome Back!  We know you have  been thinking, What Have You Done For Me Lately?  Well wait no longer…  We’re Back in the Saddle Again!  Get Ready for a year full of awesome digital tips.  Take a moment to reflect on the all great topics we covered last year.

Sadly, there are Mean people out there we need to protect ourselves from them.  If you haven’t noticed, We Can’t Stop connecting topics to song titles.  Let’s Face It, our topics are relevant, but not always the most interesting, hence integrating song titles will help Spice Up the posts.  If you don’t like it, we will just Shake it Off.  Let’s Get This Party Started!

HEY… Did you click on the links and listen to the songs???  We know it will make you Happy!

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AnswerGarden: Share the first word that comes to mind when you hear copyright.

With the continual growth of media, the definition of the word copyright has become blurred. Help us plan our next few posts by adding to the Answer Garden below. We’ll take those anonymous responses and dig into the complexity of copyright and how to make sure you and your students know the ins and outs of the law.

via AnswerGarden: Share the first word that comes to mind when you hear copyright..

We Don’t Mean to ‘Bug’ You, But It’s Time to Change Those Passwords

“I have the same password for all my accounts.”

“Geez, why do I have to use a number, a capital, and at least eight characters? I won’t remember that!”

“I hate that my bank makes me change my password every 30 days.”

“No one will figure it out if I enter my birthdate in backwards.”

“It’s such an inconvenience!”

Well, suck it up, Buttercup, you need to go in and change them now.

We’re sure many of you have seen the news of the Heartbleed bug and how it has affected many popular websites and services.  Websites are quickly creating patches to prevent the further compromise of their sites, but you need to do your part, and change those passwords. Below is an article from Mashable about which sites are affected. This list includes Facebook, Pinterest, and Google.

Heartbleed Hit List

Even if some of your services are not listed here, it would probably be a good idea to change any passwords on accounts where you have used the same user name/email and password combination.

Okay, we can hear you grumbling all the way up here. 🙂 How are you supposed to remember all those new passwords? Well, we have an answer for that! Check out Keeper Security. It’s an app (or there is a web-based version) that allows you to securely store your account/password information.

If you’re like us, you’ve probably used the same password on accounts/apps you no longer access (and may have forgotten about).  One way to check to find subscriptions is to search by your email address.  One great resource is Spokeo.  There is $3.95 subscription fee (good for six months).  We’re sure there are other sites like it, but this one comes with good recommendations.

We’re keeping it short this week, so you don’t get ‘antsy’.  🙂

Happy password changing!