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keeping a golden image up-to-date

Keep your corporate golden image golden

Trying to keep a golden image up-to-date is a challenge many IT administrators struggle with. But it’s a necessity since updating the image with patches and settings means you shorten the time your users need to wait. There’s a... Read More

Password security best practices – Infographic

Password security best practices – Infographic

Updated: October 3, 2016 – With data breaches and security flaws a regular occurrence in our digital lives, we have taken a natural interest in protecting our personal and financial information. A secure password, is the first line of... Read More

Disallow special characters in Specops Password Policy

Disallow special characters in Specops Password Policy

In this post, we will demonstrate how to disallow the use of special characters in passwords, in this case Swedish character, by using the “regular expression” setting in Specops Password Policy. Before getting started, ensure that you have installed... Read More

Password Reset with Biometrics

Resetting password? Just put your finger on it

It’s no secret that people hate passwords. Organizations often require passwords to be at least eight characters long and include lowercase letters, uppercase letters, number and special characters. While these complexity requirements barely make passwords secure, they are enough... Read More

Helpdesk password reset best practices

Helpdesk password reset best practices

If your organization is currently using a self-service password reset solution, it is critical that the helpdesk staff who manage the system, and assist users, consistently follow best practices. This post will provide tips for reducing password-related calls to... Read More

Edit group policy

Default Reinstall: What customers are asking

What data is saved with a default reinstall? A question that customers often ask is what data is saved with a default reinstall?  The profile data is my usual answer.  Then I had a debate with my colleague Johan... Read More

End-user password management behavior: the bane of IT

End-user password behavior: the bane of IT

We recently ran a meme contest on Spiceworks asking IT administrators and support staff to create a password related meme that captured their password management challenges. I’ve taken the liberty of including some of these throughout this article. With... Read More