Micro Visions, Inc. – Thanksgiving Office Schedule

November 25th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

MVI Thanksgiving

Micro Visions’ office will be closed on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th in order to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families. 

As always, our technical engineers are available around the clock, 365 days a year to assist with emergencies. Should you experience an emergency over the holiday weekend, please call (844) 776-0400 where you will be guided through leaving a message for our on-call representative to quickly call you back.

Quick Tip for Strong Passwords: The Sentence Method

November 18th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

secure-passwords-mviNow that hackers have programs that can make up to 8 billion guesses at your password per second, implementing and managing secure passwords is more important than ever. Here’s a quick tip for anyone who’s struggled to create AND REMEMBER strong passwords containing upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.

Since each device and application should have it’s own distinct password, you’ve likely long since exhausted all old house number/pet name combos. Rather than resorting to a bunch of random characters that will be difficult to remember, try the sentence method next time.

Simply take a sentence that you can easily remember. If possible, relate it to the application it is protecting. Something like, “All my family photos, stored in 1 easy place!” Then, remove all but the first letter of each word, keeping the numbers and punctuation in place. For instance,

All my family photos, stored in 1 easy place! becomes Amfp,si1ep!


I usually get about 10-15 emails each day. would be Iuga10-15eed.

Voila! You’ve just created a strong password that doesn’t require jotting down in order to remember. Please say you never do that! And please, do not use any passwords used in this article.

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Five Keys to a Comprehensive Backup Plan

November 11th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

MVI backupsIn today’s age, data is more valuable than ever. Just like we insure our buildings and our physical assets, we also need to ensure that we are covered in the event of data loss. The costs associated with recovering data, permanently losing data, or data reconstruction can be enormous. Regular backups are an essential form of protection against the significant financial impact of computer downtime and lost data.

With that in mind, does your company have a Data Protection Strategy that includes a Comprehensive Backup Plan? If not, it’s time to build one. Here are the five key factors you should consider as you put together your plan:

1.  What is going to be backed up?

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Solutions Spotlight: Microsoft Delve

November 5th, 2014 by Pamela Michael

Delve LogoMicrosoft would like to welcome you to a world where information finds you, rather than vice versa. Introducing: Delve. A new organizational tool that shows you personalized information based on what you’re working on and what’s trending around you. For instance, let’s say you have a team meeting tomorrow regarding Project A. Delve will show you the team members involved with Project A, all documents and conversations (emails) pertaining to the project, and which of these documents have been recently modified. You no longer have to remember where anything is stored; all relevant information is shown “at a glance” in an easy-to-understand card-based design. The information can be brought up with a simple search term, and Delve respects permission levels so users only see documents they have access to.

Delve is powered by Office Graph, Microsoft’s revolutionary tool that “uses sophisticated machine learning techniques to map the relationships between people, content, and activity that occurs across Office 365.” Read the rest of this entry »