Ilios Digital Organizing Blog

27 June 2017

LastPass and Password Protection

Password Protection and Peace of Mind

Hackers are out there to steal your information. Once they’ve got it, they’ll sell it to the highest bidder and destroy your identity. Or at least, that’s what the media tells us. There are large corporate breaches, and everyone knows someone who’s had their information hacked. You can’t prevent these corporate breaches from happening, but you can take steps to keep you and your information safe during daily use. How? Well, all the articles tell us the same things:

“Don’t use the same password more than once. Use strong passwords. Change your passwords frequently. Don’t tell anyone your passwords.”

It’s good advice, but how are you supposed to remember all that information? Some people manage their passwords in a written notebook near their computer or in a digital file on their computer. I’ve kept mine in Evernote and had Google Chrome’s ‘Save Password’ option to help me out. But other people choose very simple passwords or use the same password for everything. Fortunately, password managers – LastPass, KeyPass, Dashlane, 1Password – were created to address those best practices we keep getting told.

So what is a password manager? A password manager is a software program that will store your passwords (and help you generate new ones if need be) and then fills in that information on whatever web page or service you’re logging on to.

Pros & Cons

Benefits of Password Managers: Strong passwords, greater security, less information to remember especially when every site seems to have different password requirements.

Cons of Password Managers: You have one primary password to access your ‘vault’ of passwords. However, one password to rule them all means that if you forget your access password, you’re back at square one.

Why can’t I just use the Google/Firefox ‘saved password’ option?
When using the saved password option with your browser, you are always logged in. With LastPass, I am required to log back in after more than 5 minutes of being idle to get access to my passwords. Having to log back in multiple times during the day is annoying, but it does provide me the security in knowing that I can walk away from my laptop for a break and nobody will be able to access my sites.

***Even though I am using a password manager, I don’t keep all my information in the same place. LastPass does not have my bank passwords – these are unique for each site and live only in my head. Even though LastPass has my passwords for important things like email, I still have two-factor authentication enabled. Two-factor authentication is essential because once someone can access your email, they can reset all your passwords.

LastPass Password Manager

So why LastPass?

The LastPass software program is regularly ranked among the top picks for password managers. Dashlane and 1Password were both contenders, but I like the LastPass interface and the price was right. I do not recommend using a free password manager. Software that is free has to make money somehow, and I don’t want access to my passwords being how. It becomes an integrity issue.

I feel comfortable with the difficulty level of most of my passwords, but I like the option of having LastPass change them to something complex with numbers and special characters. I’m guilty of using the same password for quite a few sites, and LastPass gives me an easy way to change this. LastPass has worked out well for me, and now that I’ve made the switch, I’ll stick with a password manager and free up my brain for other important info!

Are you using a password manager?
Do you have a great way to remember your passwords?
To generate unique passwords?
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9 February 2018

How to use Dropbox, G Drive, and OneDrive

Online file storage services.
What are you using them for? Long term storage? Another place to store your photos? A backup site?
Did you know that these services are designed to “store all your files online and keep them synced across your devices (G Drive)” These online file storage services allow you to to access your files when you need them, regardless of where you are or what device you are using.  In addition, these services allow you to easily share files with collaborators. (They are not designed as online backup! There are better programs for that.)
I currently use all three services. I use Dropbox to store my active business files because this lets me get to the same information regardless of using my Mac or my PC. G Drive is used to share files and collaborate with my professional organization. One Drive is used with a specific client to share important files.
Regardless of which file storage/sharing program you use, I recommend keeping one type of business all in one area – don’t let your business work spread over three different services. This type of organization will let you find what you need quicker and reduce the amount of duplication.
Questions? Are you ready to learn more about online file storage? Contact us or schedule a session!
30 January 2018

Too much to read! 3 ways to manage your online reading pile

To read or not to read

Is your online to-do reading pile growing? Are you using your browser bookmarks to keep track of all those articles? There is a better way! Check out the following apps –
RSS Readers – collate all your articles in one area so you can quickly check them and see what you want to read – either now or later.  Feedly is an example
Pocket – a great option for ‘read it later’ articles. Great aspect of Pocket is that you can read articles when you are ‘off line’, which makes it perfect for long airplane or car rides. Get your copy of Pocket at their website!
 Evernote – another option for storing articles until you are ready for them. There is an option for taking the articles offline as well.
If you’ve got a lot of articles saved to ‘read later’, maybe take some time to review that reading list and see which ones you still want to make time to read, and which you can just delete.
Need help organizing your reference articles? Contact Ilios and we can get you started!
3 December 2017

Airplane Mode

Ready for take off?

We’ve all seen those people doing the last minute check of their cell phone before the flight attendant comes around and tells you to shut off your phones. It used to be that we were told that signals from our phones would interfere with the plane’s functioning, but now they offer wi-fi on flights so what has changed?

Continue Reading
19 October 2017

Is Your Business Prepared for Disaster?

If you’ve turned on the news this week, you’ve seen the devastation wildfire is bringing to California. You may be familiar with general disaster preparedness  but do you know what to do as a small business owner?
According to the Small Business Administration, 40-60% of businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster. So what can you do to keep your entrepreneurial dream alive? 

Continue Reading
12 September 2017

Success is slow

If at first you don’t succeed…

As adults, we’ve forgotten what we knew as kids – nobody is an expert the first time. We try a new task and expect to be good right away. When we’re not, we believe its because we can’t learn new things. I recently picked up a new crafting hobby and my first attempt didn’t 100% match the example. Undeterred, I tried again with similar results. Its a struggle because I know I’m getting better, but I want to be awesome today.

boy pouting

Learning new tech works the same way. I met someone recently who opened up MailChimp for the first time, scanned through the pages and options, then decided it wasn’t intuitive enough for her to figure out. Do you have the same reaction? When you are struggling with learning a new program do you seek out video tutorials, blogs, or the FAQ section? Or do you bang your head against the keyboard, hoping the information will work into your brain via osmosis?

These days we have access to more information than we know what to do with. Any problem you have, chances are that somebody else has had the same issue. But where do you go to find the answers?

Continue Reading
30 August 2017

Sleep tight with your digital device

Is your phone keeping you awake?

 We’ve heard the reports that using our mobile devices before bedtime is a sure way to disrupt our sleep. Digital devices are emitting greater amounts of blue LED light these days in comparison to other light sources in our house.  Recent studies show that blue light suppresses melatonin (the hormone the brain produces at night to induce sleepiness) more effectively than any other visible wavelength, potentially leaving people more alert when they would otherwise start feeling drowsy.
During the day, a little extra blue light from our computer doesn’t make a difference when we’re already getting so much from the environment. But all that changes at night. How many of us check our email, play a game, or look at Facebook before we turn off the bedside lamp? I know I”m guilty of it almost every night.
So if blue light before bed is bad for us, what are we supposed to do?
Continue Reading

Ilios Digital Organizing Blog

9 February 2018

How to use Dropbox, G Drive, and OneDrive

Online file storage services.
What are you using them for? Long term storage? Another place to store your photos? A backup site?
Did you know that these services are designed to “store all your files online and keep them synced across your devices (G Drive)” These online file storage services allow you to to access your files when you need them, regardless of where you are or what device you are using.  In addition, these services allow you to easily share files with collaborators. (They are not designed as online backup! There are better programs for that.)
I currently use all three services. I use Dropbox to store my active business files because this lets me get to the same information regardless of using my Mac or my PC. G Drive is used to share files and collaborate with my professional organization. One Drive is used with a specific client to share important files.
Regardless of which file storage/sharing program you use, I recommend keeping one type of business all in one area – don’t let your business work spread over three different services. This type of organization will let you find what you need quicker and reduce the amount of duplication.
Questions? Are you ready to learn more about online file storage? Contact us or schedule a session!

30 January 2018

Too much to read! 3 ways to manage your online reading pile

To read or not to read

Is your online to-do reading pile growing? Are you using your browser bookmarks to keep track of all those articles? There is a better way! Check out the following apps –
RSS Readers – collate all your articles in one area so you can quickly check them and see what you want to read – either now or later.  Feedly is an example
Pocket – a great option for ‘read it later’ articles. Great aspect of Pocket is that you can read articles when you are ‘off line’, which makes it perfect for long airplane or car rides. Get your copy of Pocket at their website!
 Evernote – another option for storing articles until you are ready for them. There is an option for taking the articles offline as well.
If you’ve got a lot of articles saved to ‘read later’, maybe take some time to review that reading list and see which ones you still want to make time to read, and which you can just delete.
Need help organizing your reference articles? Contact Ilios and we can get you started!

3 December 2017

Airplane Mode

Ready for take off?

We’ve all seen those people doing the last minute check of their cell phone before the flight attendant comes around and tells you to shut off your phones. It used to be that we were told that signals from our phones would interfere with the plane’s functioning, but now they offer wi-fi on flights so what has changed?

Read More

19 October 2017

Is Your Business Prepared for Disaster?

If you’ve turned on the news this week, you’ve seen the devastation wildfire is bringing to California. You may be familiar with general disaster preparedness  but do you know what to do as a small business owner?
According to the Small Business Administration, 40-60% of businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster. So what can you do to keep your entrepreneurial dream alive? 

Read More

12 September 2017

Success is slow

If at first you don’t succeed…

As adults, we’ve forgotten what we knew as kids – nobody is an expert the first time. We try a new task and expect to be good right away. When we’re not, we believe its because we can’t learn new things. I recently picked up a new crafting hobby and my first attempt didn’t 100% match the example. Undeterred, I tried again with similar results. Its a struggle because I know I’m getting better, but I want to be awesome today.

boy pouting

Learning new tech works the same way. I met someone recently who opened up MailChimp for the first time, scanned through the pages and options, then decided it wasn’t intuitive enough for her to figure out. Do you have the same reaction? When you are struggling with learning a new program do you seek out video tutorials, blogs, or the FAQ section? Or do you bang your head against the keyboard, hoping the information will work into your brain via osmosis?

These days we have access to more information than we know what to do with. Any problem you have, chances are that somebody else has had the same issue. But where do you go to find the answers?

Read More

30 August 2017

Sleep tight with your digital device

Is your phone keeping you awake?

 We’ve heard the reports that using our mobile devices before bedtime is a sure way to disrupt our sleep. Digital devices are emitting greater amounts of blue LED light these days in comparison to other light sources in our house.  Recent studies show that blue light suppresses melatonin (the hormone the brain produces at night to induce sleepiness) more effectively than any other visible wavelength, potentially leaving people more alert when they would otherwise start feeling drowsy.
During the day, a little extra blue light from our computer doesn’t make a difference when we’re already getting so much from the environment. But all that changes at night. How many of us check our email, play a game, or look at Facebook before we turn off the bedside lamp? I know I”m guilty of it almost every night.
So if blue light before bed is bad for us, what are we supposed to do?
Read More