InfoSec – Passphrases

Using passphrases for your password is a great way to make your password stronger and easier for you to remember, yet more complicated for someone trying to fraudulently access your account. View more information on this here.

New Quick Bytes Training! Unleashing Your Amazingly Powerful Browser

Your amazingly powerful browser can carry you through the ocean of public and private web sites, and be the vessel that provides you directions (bookmarks), new lands (extensions), care (clear browsing data), maintenance (settings), and more as you journey through the vast ocean of the web.

Professional Development Institute is pleased to announce a new training on internet browsers.  The focus of this training will be the Chrome browser with comparisons to Firefox and Edge browsers.  If you don’t know the capabilities of browsers, you are missing key components to sailing the high seas of the web with ease!  Come join me as we delve into browsers. What is the experience YOU are missing if you are not using your browser to its full capacity?

Pick from one of these upcoming training dates:

  • Wednesday, May 15 in Osterlin 113 from 12-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 21 in Great Lakes 210 from 12-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 23 in University Center 205 from 12-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 28 in Osterlin 113 from 3-4 p.m.


Register Here for Unleashing Your Amazingly Powerful Browser

Tech Tips

New functionality in Google Tasks and Drive, just might make your work day easier. Take a moment to walk through Google’s detailed explanations and you just might gain a few minutes of time!

  • Google Tasks! Set start times and import reminders. Learn more here

Tech Tips: Take Action! – Passwords

Try a new password system! Verizon’s recent Data Breach Report showed that 81% of hacking-related breaches used either stolen or weak passwords.

Recent hacking at higher education institutions remind us that passwords are vital to an institutions data security.  Verizon’s recent Data Breach Report showed that 81% of hacking-related breaches used either stolen or weak passwords. And, a new survey from Dark Reading shows 44% of organizations say users pose the greatest threat to data security!

Does your MyNMC password look like one of these? Students19? Jennifer12? Teaching19? or Year2019-20?

Those are easy guess passwords, yes they meet the criteria of 8 characters, one upper case letter, one lower case letter, and one number.  But, your password protects very private student information that is federally protected thru FERPA including: Grades, Moodle Coursework, Email correspondence, Scholarship Info, Student Services Information and more!  

Why not try a new password system. One that’s still memorable but far more complex. I am going to give you a few examples*, pick a system and please, give it a try.

Use a Password Saying. Make it memorable to you, but difficult for someone to guess. Here are a few examples, based on quotes:

  • 0allthosewhowanderarelost (From “Not all those who wander are lost” or
  • 1st&bestVistoconquerself (from “First and best victory is to conquer self”).

Another option that I also recommend is coming up with a saying about a goal that you want to say to yourself over and over again. Why not take advantage of having to type it in every day to reinforce your goal.

  • GoW8lkingM0r3 (Go Walking More) or
  • Study120-2day (Study 120 mins today) or
  • 1QuitSm0king (I Quit Smoking) or
  • Read8lot2day! (Readalottoday!)

Another style of password system is to use 4 unrelated words plus a number to create a password such as:

  • 7TigerHealthCandleButtress
  • GargantuanWhim52TalentDelta (Go walking to day 52 mins)
  • YodelOctopusGargantuanEngineer2Day (YOGAtoday)

So visit Password Self-Service on MyNMC NOW and change your password!




Any questions, please contact the NMC Technology Help Desk at 231-995-3020 or visit

*Please do not use any of these examples as your new password!! Be creative!

Tech Tip: Intelligent Search in Google Drive

Quick launch summary

We’re making Enterprise improvements to the Google Drive search box on desktop available to all G Suite Editions.

Now, when you click in the search box you’ll see a range of options, including:

  • Suggested search queries: Click on a term to search for it.
  • Your top collaborators: Click on a person to search for files that you’ve collaborated with them on.
  • File types, edit history, priority items, and more: Click to show files that match the highlighted criteria.

These filters will help you find and filter content more quickly and efficiently in Drive.

Learn more »

Tech Tips: INFOSEC – Take Action! Monthly Information Security Posting

  1. Know what Spear Phishing is:  Spear Phishing is an email targeted at a specific individual or department within an organization that appears to be from a trusted source. It’s actually cybercriminals attempting to steal confidential information. Spear phishers are after more valuable data like confidential information, business secrets, and things of that nature. That is why a more targeted approach is required; they find out who has the information they seek and go after that particular person.
  2. Spear Phishing has been a reality at NMC lately.  We have seen suspicious links, .pdf documents, and purchase requests. To stay clear of these spear phishers, ALWAYS check the links in your emails!  In addition, take the time to Read and Print this Red Flags Document to reference so you know what else to look out for in ALL Emails to make sure they are legit!

Here is an infographic highlighting the differences between phishing and spear phishing.