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26 January 2021

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For twenty years I’ve used technology, documentation, and planning to help solve business needs. I want to share this knowledge with you. In this newsletter edition, you will find one quick tip, I’ll explore an an interesting article, link to websites that caught my eye, and share recent blog posts in case you missed seeing them.

One thing

Last month, I added a new-to-me multi-function printer to my studio. Yesterday I finally installed the software that, among other things, will let me do network scanning. One result of this is that I now receive alerts of updates, including firmware for the printer itself.

I started the process, and it asked me for the printer password. The alert window informed me that this was either found on a sticker or could be a default option. The password for this device was the latter.

Yikes! Default passwords are a problem. They make it easier for companies to set up hardware and write documentation, however they also create security concerns.

In my home office the risk is much lower than in other settings, however it's still a good practice to be in the habit of changing these defaults!

Here are a few articles about why leaving the default is risky:

Changing my password took less than three minutes. Please, use a password manager. If you feel you need to include an extra layer of security, add a horcrux to your passwords.

Of Interest

Last week the first working draft of the W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0 was published. There's a blog post announcing it.

One common refrain I hear from every client is, don't spend too much time on accessibility.

However, we can't ignore it, a more accessible site is one that will reach more people. It's a win for everyone. In the coming weeks I'll be reading and working to understand how these new guidelines relate to the current WCAG 2.0 Standard.

Quick Break

Taking breaks allows your brain to rest and avoid mental fatigue! Here are some links to provide a short rest.

From the Notebook Archive

I publish a new blog post every other Friday (with this newsletter the following Tuesday). Here are the four most recent posts:
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Finally, if you need to venture outside, please do so safely. Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands.

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