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January 17, 2019 | Russell Smith

How to Create, Change and Test Passwords Using PowerShell

Automation is the key to streamlining Active Directory management tasks. In this article, I’ll show you how to create, change and test user passwords with PowerShell scripts. Installing the AD PowerShell module Before you can use PowerShell to manage Active Directory, you need to install the...
October 28, 2019 | Jonathan Hassell

Office 365: Configuring User Passwords to Never Expire

One of the questions that we are most frequently asked is regarding users or administrators who subscribe to Office 365 but who are tired of receiving Office 365 password expiration notifications. These users might not be used to the service’s default password expiration policy, especially if...
October 29, 2019 | Russell Smith

Security Tip: Enable Azure AD Self-Service Password Reset

Helpdesk-assisted password resets can account for 20% of an organization’s IT budget, but in the past, required the use of third-party software for Active Directory that could be difficult to set up and maintain. In this article, I’ll show you how to enable self-service password resets for...
February 14, 2020 | Jonathan Hassell

Complete Guide to Azure Active Directory Password Policy

One of the benefits of using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is the flexibility it gives you when it comes to managing passwords. Most companies choose to deploy Azure AD as an extension to their existing on-premises Active Directory. They do so to add single sign on and federation capabilities...
November 9, 2018 | Jonathan Hassell

2 Rules to Secure Office 365 Password Policy Setup

Password policy in Office 365 is much stricter and more secure than that of an on-premises application,  so you no longer have to worry about setting and enforcing different authentication policies for your users. But still, you should align Office365 security settings with your overall enterprise...
March 27, 2019 | Russell Smith

4 Steps to a Secure Active Directory Administration Model

Active Directory (AD) is a primary target for hackers as it provides a way to get access sensitive company data. Here are four considerations for establishing a secure administration model for Active Directory. 1. Remove excess domain administrator privileges Domain and enterprise administrator...
March 27, 2019 | Troy Thompson

Group Policy for Password Monitoring

As an administrator, you have to ensure that your network is secure.  A big part of that includes deciding on a password strategy for user accounts and administrator accounts.  You can educate your users on best practices for password creation but you can also enable policies that force users to...
October 29, 2019 | Sarah Greesonbach

Four Ways to Create Secure Passwords in a Team Environment

Any number of unknowns can threaten the security of your environment, but the leading common denominator in threat scenarios is how your team manages their passwords within your environment. Creating and maintaining secure passwords within a team environment comes with unique challenges. You...
March 27, 2019 | Ken Hess

Hacker Team Hacked: A Strong Case for Stronger Passwords

It’s unfortunate when anyone is the victim of a hack or data compromise, but put the moniker ‘hacker’ or ‘security expert’ in your name and you’re sure to identify yourself as a target. Italy’s Hacking Team was such a target. One of the first security “laws” that you learn from...
September 1, 2020 | Adam Bertram

How to Get Notified of an Expired Password in Active Directory with PowerShell

This article will go over how to write a script to read all users' last expired password and detect the time it will expire. It will then send an email. Passwords aren’t the most secure way to protect information these days but still are used nearly everywhere you look. IT professionals in the...
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