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Ignite 2017: What you need to know

A few members of our service team spent last week at Microsoft Ignite, the annual conference for IT admins, engineers, computer scientists and other technical folks. Most every Microsoft conference includes major product announcements, and Ignite 2017 was no exception.

Most focused on the tech side (hello, quantum computing), but there were also some product announcements that will likely affect the day to day of every employee – not just IT admins.

Here’s what you need to know:

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Stop Storing Your Passwords on Your Desktop

You’ve heard the advice before about good password practices: Use a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters. Don’t use common words (especially “password”). Change your password regularly. Use a different password for every login.

You follow them as best you can. Maybe your company even has the policies enforced so you must follow them. But it gets hard to remember all those weird passwords. So, you start writing them down. Maybe it’s an Excel file saved on your desktop. Or emails you saved in a folder in Outlook. Or a piece of paper under your computer.

Stop doing this. Right now.

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