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How To Get More Out Of Your Working Day

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How To Get More Out Of Your Working Day

    I’ve been my own boss and worked at home for many years. Trouble is, I have to kick myself in my own butt occasionally if I’ve been procrastinating and not getting the jobs done. That’s a mental picture I don’t want to formulate very often. Getting yourself and your office organized so you can go to an item, or location in your office even if blindfolded (not recommended but offered up only as imagery to help you focus), will help you operate at peak efficiency.

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    I’ve divided some tips into useful (hopefully to you!) packets of info that will lead you into what can be the nirvana of owning your own at-home business.

    Get Organized – Get The Right Software

    Below is the software that I find to be particularly effective. I’m a PC user so all this software can be used on PC and most of it on Mac as well, where it can’ be used on Mac I have supplied a Mac alternative.

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    1. Skype — This software allows me to speak with anyone, anywhere in the world for free if they also have Skype and at a very reduced if they don’t. International news organizations use this a lot now. You can download it for free. For videoconferencing you’ll need a camera that will operate through an Internet connection.
    2. Pamela — This is a Skype add-on, besides myself over 4 million people use it. You can record all your important conversations – its easier than taking notes. A voice recorder like this can create a message, and be a reminder for important dates such as anniversaries.
    3. SnagIt — I love using this as you can capture screen shots and add captions. If you have your own website this software is a must. Share this with a collaborator and your presentations to clients will be superb!
    4. Google Calendar — This is a great tool from that uber-search engine Google. It enables me to grab calendar info from any computer, anywhere.
    5. RoboForm — This program has been a life saver for me. It stores passwords and important info like usernames so you can enter a password protected websites on the click of a button. Much better than using your email program or address book to store this info because its password protected and a USB version exists for people who travel.
    6. Google Documents — Allows me to share documents anywhere and on any computer with an Internet connection and its free.
    7. Carbonite — Not a weapon from Star Trek but a backup for your important stuff on a server that’s secure, and away from your computer. It runs in the background automatically saves your data via encryption on another server. I have not suffered a computer meltdown to put it to the test yet but I do know that it does not slow down my PC while its running.

    Keep Energized

    Working around laptops, desktops, smart phones and the like can be more tiring that many people can imagine. Here are some tips I use to keep productive by keeping my energy levels high.

    1. I stick to healthy snacks, preferring fruit and vegetables to cakes and biscuits. Its easy to skip meals when working from home, I always take my meal breaks. If you eat healthy and don’t make yourself overly full, then you will be able to get the most from your working day.

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    2. I Keep a bottle of water handy all day. Being hydrated makes me feel less sleepy, and I always drink some water around thirty minutes after I get up, even if I have coffee.

    3. I try and stretch and take a walk and a few deep breaths, outside as much as possible, I find that this makes my energy last longer.

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    I’ve incorporated all of these tips into my home office life and business over the years and I can say that they have all contributed to my productivity. Passing them along to others is a way of saying thanks to people who have helped me along the way. I love doing business at home, and making a good life for myself and my family — follow my tips so you can get more out of your working day .

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    Last Updated on November 25, 2021

    Protecting Your Online Life With Secure Passwords

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    Protecting Your Online Life With Secure Passwords

    With all of the recent online services and companies falling under attack to hackers in the past few months, it seems only fitting to talk about password creation and management. There are a lot of resources out there discussing this, but it never hurts to revisit this topic time and again because of its importance.

    Password management isn’t necessarily a difficult thing to do, yet it does seem like a bit of an annoyance to most people. When it comes to password management, you will hear the famous line, “I don’t really care about changing my passwords regularly. I have nothing important online anyways.” Let’s see if you have nothing important online when your PayPal account gets taken over because you thought the password “password” was good enough.

    In my opinion, it is an “internet user’s” responsibility to make sure that they keep secure passwords and update them on a regular basis. In this article we will discuss how to make your online presence more secure and keep it secure.

    The easy fundamentals

    First thing is first; creating a strong password.

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    A strong password is a mixture of alpha-numeric characters and symbols, has a good length (hopefully 15 characters or longer), and doesn’t necessarily represent some word or phrase. If the service you are signing up for doesn’t allow passwords over a certain length, like 8 characters, always use the maximum length.

    Here are some examples of strong passwords:
    * i1?,2,2\1′(:-%Y
    * ZQ5t0466VC44PmJ
    * mp]K{ dCFKVplGe]PBm1mKdinLSOoa (30 characters)

    And not so good examples
    * sammy1234
    * password123
    * christopher

    You can check out PC Tools Password Generator here. This is a great way to make up some very strong passwords. Of course the more random passwords are harder to remember, but that is where password management comes into play.

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    Managing your passwords

    I know some people that keep their passwords in an unencrypted text file. That’s not a good idea. I suppose that if you aren’t doing much online and are decent at avoiding viruses and such, it could be OK, but I would never recommend it.

    So, where do you keep your strong passwords for all the services that you visit on a daily basis?

    There are a ton of password safes out there including KeePass, RoboForm, Passpack, Password Safe, LastPass, and 1Password. If and when I recommend any of these I always count on LastPass and 1Password.

    Both LastPass and 1Password offer different entry types for online services logins (PayPal, Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, etc.), credit cards and bank accounts, online identities, and other types of sensitive information. Both have excellent reviews and only differ in a few subtle ways. One of the ways that is more notable is that LastPass keeps your encrypted password Vault online where 1Password allows you to keep it locally or shared through Dropbox. Either way, you are the holder of the encryption keys and both ways are very secure.

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    LastPass and 1Password both offer cross-platform support as well as support for Android and iOS (LastPass even has BlackBerry support). 1Password is a little pricey ($39.99 for either Windows or Mac) where LastPass has free options as well as premium upgrades that allow for mobile syncing.

    Upkeep

    You should probably change your passwords for your “important” accounts at least every 6 weeks. When I say “important” accounts I am referring to ones that you just couldn’t imagine losing access to. For me that would be Gmail, PayPal, eBay, Amazon, all my FTP accounts and hosting accounts, Namecheap, etc. Basically these include any account where financial information could be lost or accessed as well as accounts that could be totally screwed up (like my webserver).

    There is no hard and fast rule to how often you should change your passwords, but 6 to 8 weeks should be pretty good.

    Alternatives

    You may think that all of this is just too much to manage on a daily basis. I will admit it is kind of annoying to have to change your passwords and use a password manager on a daily basis. For those people out there that don’t want to go through all of the hub-bub of super-secure, encrypted, password management, here are a few tips to keep you safe:

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    1. Create a unique and hard to guess “base password” and then a pattern to use for each site you logon onto. For instance a base password could be “Ih2BaSwAa” (this stands for “I have two brothers and sisters who are annoying”). Then you would add something “site specific” to the end of it. For Twitter Ih2BaSwAaTWTTR, Facebook Ih2BaSwAaFCBK, etc. This is sort of unsecure, but probably more secure than 99% of the passwords out there.
    2. Don’t write your passwords down in public places. If you want to keep track of passwords on something written, keep it on you at least. The problem is that if you get your wallet stolen you are still out of luck.
    3. Don’t use the same passwords for every service. I’m not even going to explain this; just don’t do it.

    These are just a few things that can be done rather than keeping your passwords in a management system. Personally, with over 100 entries in my password management system, I couldn’t even dream of doing any other way. But those out there with only a few passwords, having a simpler system may be beneficial.

    So, if you want to be a “responsible internet citizen” or you just don’t want to lose your precious account data, then creating and maintaining strong passwords for your online accounts is a must.

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