Matt McCrillis

Tech Tip Tuesday – Google Password Checkup

Do you store passwords using Google Chrome’s password manager?

Launched earlier this month, Google now provides a Password Checkup feature that checks the security and strength of your saved passwords, and tells you if Google finds any passwords that have been compromised (in a third-party breach, for example.) The Password Checkup feature will provide you personalized, recommended actions if any are needed.

For more information on this new feature, see the original blog post here.

To check your passwords and have Google generate a report, visit

Pelletier Library Winnowing Project

It’s time to review books for Pelletier Library’s winnowing project. Faculty are invited to review titles tagged for possible removal in the call number range 200 to 299, which is primarily focused on Religion. Click here for a list of topics. The review of titles in 200 – 299 begins October 18, 2019 and lasts until November 8, 2019. Faculty interested in reviewing titles are invited to stop by the InfoDesk to pick up a winnowing envelope.

As a reminder, the review of call number range 000 to 099, which is primarily focused on Computer and Information Science, will end next Friday, October 25, 2019. A full list of call number ranges under review is listed on the project’s website

Tech Tip Tuesday – Multi-factor Authentication

Multi-factor authentication, also known as 2-step verification, is a security process that requires more than one method of authentication to verify a user’s identity.

Does this technology sound familiar to you? Google provides an extra layer of protection to help minimize the chances of our Allegheny Google accounts from being compromised by requiring a password as well as a prompt that you must authorize, or unique code that is sent to you before accessing your account.

See this link for a how-to-guide for multi-factor authentication including what it is, how it works, and when it should be used.

Also, see our LITS web page for more information on Google multi-factor authentication!

Tech Tip Tuesday – Creating a Password

For our second October Tech Tip post during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we would like to review what makes a good password.

Library and Information Technology Services defines a good password as one that:

  • is of reasonable length (at least 14 characters)
  • has some complexity
  • is memorable
  • is unique from other passwords
  • is not easily found
  • is changed at least once a year.

Evaluate how secure your password is and see how long it would take a computer to crack your password! How well did your password score?

Tech Tip Tuesday – NCAM and Phishing

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Each Tech Tip for the month of October will be focused on a topic to raise awareness about the significance of cybersecurity.

For our first October Tech Tip, we would like to bring more attention to phishing.

“Phishing occurs when someone attempts to use online communication fraudulently, such as email or private messages, to acquire confidential information such as your password by pretending to be a trusted person or part of a trusted group.”

Check out our LITS web page that goes into more detail, including how to identify a phishing attempt, and what you should do if you suspect a message is phishing.

Also, in case you missed it, a Tech Tip was posted in March linking to a phishing quiz. Can you spot when you’re being phished?

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more tips all focused on cybersecurity related topics!

Tech Tip Tuesday – Change your Google Drive “Density”

If you like to use Google Drive on the web, you can change how items are displayed by changing the “Density” setting to comfortable, cozy, or compact.

To try out the different views and see what suits you best:

  1. From Google Drive, click the Settings Cog Wheel in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. See Density.
  3. Select from comfortable, cozy, or compact.

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Tech Tip Tuesday – Display the Word Count as you Type in Google Docs

Announced last week from the G Suite Updates Blog, you can now display the word count while you type in Google Docs.

This feature is useful for users who very often need to see the word count in the documents they’re writing. To display the word count continuously while typing, select Tools > Word Count > Display word count while typing. The word count will then be displayed in the lower left corner of the document.

For more information, click here to see the original post from the G-Suite Updates Blog.

Tech Tip Tuesday – Updated Working Hours in Google Calendar

Announced last week, updates have been added to the Working Hours feature of Google Calendar.

Some of the recent changes include:

  • When you schedule an event on your calendar with others, their working hours are shown in the calendar grid.
  • You will see a notification if you try to schedule an event outside of a guest’s working hours.
  • Working hours is now turned on by default.

For more information and to see the original update blog from Google, click here.

Tech Tip Tuesday – Tag Someone in a Comment in G Suite Apps

Today’s tip is short but sweet!

Did you know that you can tag someone in a comment that you add to Google Docs, Slides, or Sheets? You can draw the attention of a specific person by using “@ or + sign” and email address in the comment box. The email holder will receive a notification email about the comment or question.

If you’re not very familiar with using comments and action items in Google Apps, click here for more information from the Google Help Center.

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Tech Tip Tuesday – Improvements to Gmail Autocorrection

A recent G-Suite Update has announced that Google is introducing new spelling and grammar correction capability in Gmail. As you type your message, Gmail will make smarter spell-check suggestions while also looking for grammatical errors.

To read the full update blog or to learn more about grammar suggestions in gmail work, click here.

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