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Happy New Year! With all that went on last year – Covid-19, passwords hacked, shortage of goods, political turmoil and the Christmas bombing – it may be hard to get going this year.

Maybe I can provide a positive perspective from the tech side of things.

Hardware is becoming available again to repair and build computers. After the supply chains being down since March of 2020 because of COVID, everything is starting to get back to normal. Still not 100% yet, but close.

Offices have changed from everyone being in one location to remote home offices, where everyone connects via Zoom. This trend will most likely continue even after things get back to normal, though probably in a hybrid environment. This allows more time to be with family, or loved ones. If you don’t have friends, become one.

Passwords have evolved to passphrases to help thwart information being stolen. Two-factor authentication is becoming more prominent. I know it can seem annoying typing in a password and having to get an authentication code sent via text or some other method to validate your account, but it is much better to go through an extra step than to get your personal or business information hacked or stolen. LastPass password manager or DashLane makes the process of storing and securing passwords a little easier.

Encryption has become the norm for email, transmitting data and for protecting entire hard drives. Whether protecting from prying eyes or guarding against hackers, companies and individuals are taking steps to protect themselves.

Regardless of what’s going on in the world, there is always HOPE. No matter what disaster, man-made or natural, we’ve always come back. It may take some time, but stay patient and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

All the best and stay well,
Jim Nay

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