By -- 2015-09-29 in OptfinITy News

It has been stated that the best passwords are longer with symbols, numbers, upper and lower case letters. While long passwords are considered the strongest, they are difficult to remember and prone to error input.

Small Business Computing detailed how Windows 10 now offers several different options for you to log into your PC that doesn’t involve using a password. It is a refreshing change to a mind numbing standard. The alternative log in styles include..

1) A PIN – Using the PIN option you can add a digit password of at least four (4) numbers. Once you have created your PIN, Windows 10 will prompt you for a your PIN versus a password. However, if you enter an incorrect PIN four (4) times you will be prompted to answer a challenge questions to prevent an attack of the Dark Side.

2) Picture Password – This option gives the opportunity to choose a picture from the gallery on your PC. You then draw with gestures using the mouse or your finder for confirmation of your imgage.

3) Fingerprint Scan – In Windows 10 third-party utilities are no longer required for PC support. Using an inexpensive USB scanner, you can access your computer with a fingerprint scan when prompted by the Wizard. The option can be set to use multiple fingers.

4) Facial Recognition – While this option may not be readily available, it requires a PC with a special 3D and IR-capable camera. Windows 10 would require a RealSense device that is only available in a limited amount of laptops, tablets and all-in-one PCs.

In the nature of all good things when a password is not used, it tends to be forgotten. It may be a good practice to have your password in a safe place, because it would be needed should you have to start Windows 10 in safe mode.

By -- 2015-09-23 in OptfinITy News

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Ad Blockers and the possible threat to websites
Do you hate those banner ads that you see on websites?
September 23, 2015 03:00 PM EST
According to an article on WTOP, Apple is now permitting apps to block them on their iPhone and iPad.

The idea is to help users navigate on the webpage. However, ad blocking could potentially threaten the livelihoods of websites and publishers that rely on the ad revenue. While Ad blocking isn’t causing a panic yet, content creators are keeping on things. According to the article, providers will be looking at;

1) Reducing the annoyance so users won’t turn on Ad blockers

2) The number of blocked Ads

3) A way to make ads less intrusive with a smoother experience

If Ad practices get too annoying they could be a thing of the past like “Pop-Ups”, which are automatically blocked. Meanwhile some companies are paying developers for the rights to bypass blockers. Smaller websites can get a pass for Ad blockers, if they forego the revenue from the ads. The industry is always looking for the next best thing and it may be that Ads only load when part of the page is visible. This way sites load faster and advertisers don’t have to pay for what isn’t seen.