What makes a secure password?

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In the UK at the moment there is a lot of media focus on secure passwords coming from a Government campaign around the general area of online protection (https://www.cyberstreetwise.com/) – whilst in London last week passing through the Underground I saw a number of billboard posters which gave examples of weak and secure passwords and they offered some great advice which I wanted to share but also look at some of the reasoning behind this. The general advice around passwords is: Use upper and lowercase letters Include numbers Include “symbols” (things like !, @, # etc) Make it at least…

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Dawn of a new era

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Since Natural HR started in 2010 we have constantly been amazed by the uptake and growth of the platform. Initially designed to meet an inhouse need and then launched as a free HR system for small UK businesses, the system user base and feature set has grown at an exponential rate – when we look back now it is unrecognisable. To put some context around this, we launched in September 2010. By the end of June 2011 we had 48 clients (average of 5 per month) – in the following 12 months we rose to 536 accounts (now averaging 40…

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What is coming next for Natural HR?

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Over the last few months, we have been working hard on new features for Natural HR and we wanted to share some of these with you. The main headline features currently in development are: Custom reporting The ability to allow you to build your own reports or charts from scratch plus you can save them or email them including scheduled emails – every day, every week etc For each report you can choose the fields to include or exclude, the order of the fields, sorting, filtering, grouping and so on – below is an example of a grid/table report When…

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Why is HR so desperate to jump on the big data bandwagon?

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Many businesses today are grappling with how to understand big data and what it means to their business. Over the past months, there has been an increase in the amount of talk about big data relative to HR and recruitment. Indeed CIPD’s People Management magazine published an article this month entitled “We LOVE big data” which really got us thinking. As techies, there is nothing we love more than new technology but big data in the context of HR has really got us puzzled and a little frustrated. We can see why technology companies are keen to sell the idea…

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Why cloud HR software beats on-premise HR software hands down

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As people become more and more aware of what cloud (or Saas or hosted or web-based or online…) software means we often get asked why cloud HR software is “better” than traditional on-premise HR software which you install on a server in your data centre or in your cupboard or under your desk? First off the cloud in itself does not guarantee “better” software but some of the big advantages of cloud HR software over on-premise HR software are: You don’t need to invest in any capital outlay – no servers, no storage, no operating system licenses or other software….

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