Technology

Bad passwords are:

  • Names of any of your family
  • Any word which appears in a dictionary
  • Common first names, your surname, names of pets and literary characters
  • Your userid or car registration number
  • Any dictionary word slightly modified (e.g. by adding a number to the end, or changing I to 1)
  • Simple sequences such as QWERTY, LETMEIN, the name of your department or group, or an obvious name spelled backwards

Guidelines for good password:

  • Have both uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Have digits and/or punctuation characters as well as letters
  • Are easy to remember, so that they do not have to be written down
  • Are more than 8 characters long; PLPSD requires at least 12 characters for staff accounts
  • Can be typed quickly, so somebody cannot follow what you type by looking over your shoulder
  • Two recommended techniques for choosing passwords which are hard to crack but possible to remember are:
  • Choose a short sentence or phrase which makes sense to you (but is not a common saying or proverb), use its initial letters and then insert a number or punctuation in the string, like Not5fsw (None Of This Fancy Stuff Works)
  • Take two or more short, unrelated words and put them together, inserting a number or punctuation at some point, like robot4My or Eye-coN

Having chosen your password, keep it safe - preferably in your head only. Never store it in text form on any computer system, and never leave a handwritten copy lying about; do not give your password to other people however trustworthy you believe them to be.  We will never ask you to change your password to a particular word. Source: unknown

Handle your iPad with care to maintain its appearance. If you're concerned about scratching or abrasion, you can use one of the many cases sold separately. To clean the iPad, unplug all cables and turn off the iPad (press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, and then slide the onscreen slider). Use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth. Avoid getting moisture in openings. Don't use window cleaners, household cleaners, compressed air, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, abrasives, or cleaners containing hydrogen peroxide to clean iPad. iPad has an oleophobic coating on the screen; simply wipe the iPad's screen with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oil left by your hands. The ability of this coating to repel oil will diminish over time with normal usage, and rubbing the screen with an abrasive material will further diminish its effect and might scratch your screen.

Source: apple.com

When cleaning the outside of your laptop, first shut down your computer and unplug the power adapter. Then use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth to clean the computer's exterior. Avoid getting moisture in any openings. Don't spray liquid directly on the computer. Don't use aerosol sprays, solvents, abrasives, or cleaners containing hydrogen peroxide that might damage the finish.

To clean hard-to-remove smudges or fingerprints on the display or exterior of your laptop, you can use a cloth moistened with a 70-percent isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution to gently wipe the display or enclosure of your laptop

Adapted from Apple.com

image of Gmail account with  1.arrows pointing to select Gmail and 2. arrow pointing to the "report spam" button
One way to report spam

Option 1:
On your computer or phone, open Gmail.
1. Select one or more emails.
2. Click Report spam 

image of a blurred out Gmail message with 1. arrow showing 3 vertical dots and 2. parts of the menu to click to report spam
Another way to report spam

Option 2: 

On your computer or phone, open Gmail.

1. click on the vertical 3 dots on the right of the screen
2. select your preferred action

Technology Department

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Vasyl Leshchyshyn
Network Administrator

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Sandy Drabot
PowerSchool Administrator

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Trevor Fosseneuve
School Technician

FLR, NMS, ECVS

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Dharmesh Patel
School Technician

EAMS, YQS

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Dallas Jonasson
School Technician

LVS, OVS, OPERATIONS

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Donwel Catajoy
Computer Technician

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Jenny Borgfjord
Technology Learning Coach (K-12)

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