The Beginner’s Guide to LastPass

You know you are supposed to use a password manager. In my workshops, attendees often ask me how I manage my passwords, and my answer is to use LastPass. At first glance, it seems like password managers are a pain to set up. Good news: getting started with a password manager is easier than you think.

In this workshop, I will cover the basics of LastPass and what makes it my favorite.

How to:
Log in to LastPass
Save a Site
Create a Form Fill
Generate a Password
Share a Password
Secure Your LastPass Account
How to Use LastPass on Your Smartphone

The Only Backup Solution You Need

It’s a fact of computing life. Hard drives fail. It’s not a matter of whether your computer’s disk will stop working; it’s a matter of when. The question is how much value do you put on your data?

Backing up your data is not the most exciting task you can do, but it is an essential one you should do on your computer.  The challenge is figuring out how to get started. In this workshop, I will show you how to set up a set-it-and-forget-it backup solution so you can rest easy.

Topics covered:
What is a backup?
3-2-1 Rule
Local vs Online Backup and Why You Need Both
Using cloud storage

It’s 2017: Learn New Ways To Get Organized In Your Job Search

Start off the new year by getting your job search organized! This workshop will show you how to create a job application journal in Google Docs, keep track of your interview appointments in Google Calendar, spice up your online presence, and create a more modern resume in Microsoft Word.

Typing x_bar, y_bar, q_hat, etc., in Microsoft Word

If you teach statistics, you know the pain of typing x_bar, y_bar, etc. You can use Microsoft Equation Editor, but it has two issues: it’s cumbersome, and not all versions of Word handle the equations equally (some as text, some as pictures). You can type “x_bar” but that’s just not pretty. I had not found a way to get around this and was resigned to typing out the variable names.

Until I found this tip.

Microsoft Word does have a way of creating statistical symbols. The key is to use the Arial font and the capability called “combining diacritics” (look that up). Here is how it works.

  1. Open Microsoft Word. I tested this in 2016 and 2013. The tip should work in older versions as long as it has the Arial font (it should, as it is a common font).
  2. Choose “Arial” as your font.
  3. Let’s do p_hat. Type in “p” by itself, like this:


  4. Next, go to Insert -> Symbol. Look for More Symbols. Make sure the font is Arial. Then look for and select the hat symbol. The character code is 0302. Click Insert, Close.
  5. You will go back to the editing mode and you will see the p with the hat. You can do the same for the bar. The character code is 0305.

Even if your other text is in a different font, when it comes to typing out statistical symbols, you just go back to Arial and do the steps above, and return the original font.

It’s beautiful.


G Suite Training In Your Browser


I am a big fan of Google tools. There are Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Sites and a lot more. I became a Google Certified Educator because I use those tools extensively and wanted to learn to maximize the productivity. It can be intimidating to learn all of them at once.

Google released a Chrome extension called G Suite Training that offers useful tips while you actually use the tools.

Once you install the extension, you will see a new training menu in your Google Apps. You can tell by looking at the question mark with a Google-colored circle around it. Hit the links below to start learning G Suite!

G Suite Training | Chrome Web Store via G Suite Training


Don’t Get Phished!

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the US and European Cyber Security Month in Europe. I came across this excellent infographic produced by Digital Guardian on how to avoid phishing attacks.  I didn’t know about smishing, so I am glad I became aware of it. You will probably learn something from this infographic. Stay vigilant!


Change Your Yahoo! Password (and More)


You may have heard recently that Yahoo! was hacked. You can read about the news on the internet, but here is my summary of what you need to do if you have a Yahoo! account.

  1. Log on to your Yahoo! mail account. If your account was hacked, there will be a message from Yahoo! waiting for you.
  2. Create a new, unique password and change it for your Yahoo! account. Better yet, use Lastpass to maintain your passwords.
  3. Disable and delete the Security Questions. If you don’t know how, follow this link.
  4. If you are not using the account, you can close it. I recommend switching over to Gmail.
  5. Enable two-factor verification if you have not done so yet. Enable it for all accounts that support it.
  6. (Update 10-2-2016). If you use your mobile devices to check your email, you will need to re-generate “mobile passwords” by going through the steps listed here.

I doubt your account will be accessed for criminal activities, but it’s safe to keep an eye on any suspicious emails that arrive in your inbox.

Stay safe!