July 2015
In this issue

> 5 Fast Fixes for Pressing Problems
> Data Breaches Aren't Going Away � What You Need To Know
> Inserting a Quick Parts Field in a Microsoft Word letter
> Password Managers Are The Key To Secure Passwords
> Use Location Services More Safely
> Using Mail Merge in Microsoft Word to insert a letter's address block
> Cartoon/Quote

Using Mail Merge in Microsoft Word to insert a letter's address block

Many times you have an Excel workbook or worksheet of contact details and wish to send a letter, create a label, or print envelopes using that information. Luckily, Microsoft Word has a Mail Merge Wizard that can help with this.

For this example, I will be using the Wizard to insert an address block into a letter. You can start your mail merge before or after writing your letter.

To begin, have your file of contact information ready and have your cursor in your letter in Microsoft Word where you wish the address block to go.
  1. Click on the Mailings tab on the Ribbon.

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5 Fast Fixes for Pressing Problems
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

Time has a way of sneaking up on us. Despite the flow of time being one of the most dependable things in life, it can still come as a shock to find out that the fax machine was invented the same year people were traveling the Oregon Trail [1], or that there is more processing power in a modern graphing calculator than in the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon [2].

So if the fact that half of the year is already over surprises you, don't worry. Now is the perfect time to take stock of your business IT plans, adjust to new mid-year developments, and make sure you're ready to meet your goals. To help you finish strong in 2015, here are five fast, high-impact ways to address your pressing tech needs.

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Data Breaches Aren't Going Away — What You Need To Know
used with permission from Norton by Symantec
by Nadia Kovacs

It may seem like stories of massive data breaches are popping up in the news on a weekly basis these days. Unfortunately, this is not surprising. As technology progresses, all of our information moves to the digital world, and, as a result, cyber attacks are becoming the new wave of crime. Corporations and even small businesses are extremely attractive targets to cybercriminals, simply due to the large payday of data that can be nabbed in one fell swoop.

What is a data breach and how and why do they happen?

The main reason that cybercriminals are stealing personal information is for use in identity theft. According to Symantec's ISTR Volume 20, the number of data breaches has increased 23 percent in 2014. The main three types of information targeted were real names, government ID numbers, and home addresses.

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Inserting a Quick Parts Field in a Microsoft Word letter

When creating letters for a mailing, sometimes you wish to have the company name or person's name you're addressing within the body of your letter. You can do this quickly with a Quick Parts Field.

For this tech tip, you will first want to complete a mail merge. Once you have completed your mail merge and have the address block within your letter, you can add the field in the body where you wish.

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Password Managers Are The Key To Secure Passwords
used with permission from Norton by Symantec
by Nadia Kovacs

According to the credit reporting firm Experian, the average Internet user has about 19 different online accounts, for which they only have seven different passwords. In addition, one in ten users never change their online passwords, and one in 20 uses the same passwords for all of their online accounts.

Those statistics definitely show that the password system is broken. When passwords were invented in the 60's, they were rather simplistic, as there was not a wide scale need for them. Today we have passwords for an exponential amount of web services. Couple that with the fact that we now need to make up complicated and difficult to remember random strings of text, numbers and symbols for each of those accounts and you just get one big headache. There's no way anyone can remember 19 passwords, let alone 5. 

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Use Location Services More Safely
used with permission from Microsoft Safety & Security Center

Does your phone know where you are? If you've used your phone to find directions or locate a nearby restaurant, you've used its global positioning system (GPS) and it's likely that it would be able to pinpoint your location within a close range.

Location services can be convenient for automatically adding location information (geotags) to photos. Some people also use location services to post their locations to social networking sites, such as Facebook. Be aware, however, that others can use your location information, too.

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"Err in the direction of kindness."

George Saunders

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