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Ask Techie: What’s the Best Platform for Making Short Training Videos for My Staff or Clients?

Ashley Hallene and Wells Howard Anderson


  • This month’s tech Q&A column answers your questions about the best platforms for making short training videos and how to create a safe, long, memorable password.
  • Options for making a video tutorial to share with your staff or clients include Zoom videoconferencing recording, Microsoft Windows 10 Xbox Game Bar, and Open Broadcaster Software (OBS).
  • The new standard for safe passwords suggests you use three or more words from large word lists, randomly selected, separated by punctuation, and with a number and one or more capitalized letters.
Ask Techie: What’s the Best Platform for Making Short Training Videos for My Staff or Clients?
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Welcome to the latest installment of our monthly Q&A column, where a panel of experts answers your questions about using technology in your law practice.

This month we answer readers’ questions about the best platforms for making short training videos and how to create a safe, long, memorable password.

Q: What Is the Best Platform for Making Short Training Videos for My Staff or Clients?

A: A short video tutorial is a great way to communicate how to do something without having to stop and train someone over and over again. There are many ways you can go about making a video tutorial to share with your staff or clients. Here are a few ways to get up and running quickly:

Zoom Videoconferencing Recording

Even if you use a free version of Zoom, you can still use it to make a training video. This one is my go-to for making training videos. Just start a meeting, share your screen, and hit record. Now Zoom is recording your voice and what you are doing on the screen.

Microsoft Windows 10 (or Later) Xbox Game Bar

Windows offers a built-in recording feature called the Xbox Game Bar. Despite the name, it is not just for recording you while playing a video game. Just go to the Windows Search Bar in the bottom left of your screen, type in Game Bar, and the app should pop up. The app’s menu bar features a series of buttons, including a capture button that is a box with a circle in it—it looks like a miniature webcam. Click on that, and you will see another menu bar with a camera option to capture screenshots and an icon of concentric circles that will read “Start Recording” when you hover your mouse over it. Choose this one to start recording your screen and voice.

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)

OBS is a powerful open-source screen-capture tool that works with Windows, macOS, and Linux. It has a lot of configurations to customize your recording. Learning all the features and customizations may take you a little time, so if you are looking to generate videos quickly, then one of the other two options above may be a better bet.

So, there you have it, three easy and free ways to make short training videos and save yourself some time when training people.

Techie: Ashley Hallene, JD, GPSolo eReport Editor-in-Chief ([email protected]).

Q: How Can I Create a Safe, Long, Memorable Password?

A: Don’t follow standard password advice. It is out-of-date. Instead, use three unrelated words as the heart of each password.

According to a recent blog post by Bruce Schneier (Passwords Are Terrible (Surprising No One), Schneier on Security, Feb. 1, 2023), a $16,000 computer can easily crack “strong” passwords like:

  • Polar_bear65
  • Nationalparks2014!
  • ChangeItN0w!

Each of these passwords follows the old standard rules:

  1. Eight or more characters
  2. Upper- and lowercase letters
  3. A number
  4. A special character

So why do these passwords fail? They are memorable. That’s good. But they are predictably the result of following the old rules. Not good.

Password crackers are onto our tricks for creating compliant, memorable passwords.

They know all our “tricky” number-for-letter substitutions. They have enormous lists of frequently-used word combinations (“polar bear”) and phrases (“change it now”). They know we tend to comply with complexity rules by sticking numbers and punctuation at the beginning or end of our passwords.

Yet, you can create passwords that are fairly easy to remember but impractical for password crackers to crack.

You need an element of randomness to create a truly strong password. Relatedness is the basic flaw in thinking up our own multiple-word passwords. Our minds are just too predictable.

New Password Rules

To create safe, long, memorable passwords, follow these new password rules:

  1. Three or more words from large word lists
  2. Randomly selected
  3. Separated by punctuation
  4. With a number and one or more capitalized letters

For my passwords, I found a large word list online. I created a spreadsheet with a random selection of words scrambled in each of several columns. I separated the words with one special character and added a number in a memorable location.

You don’t have to go to all that trouble.

The website does the work for you. It is based on a method popularized by, of all people, the cartoonist Randall Munroe.

To memorize your password, imagine a mental picture with each word as an object or an action linked together. That is a long-established, effective memorization technique popularized by ancient Roman orators.

Encryption purists complain that passwords made up of words are not truly random. That is correct. But long passwords with random elements do not need to be made of completely random characters. Computers require literally years or centuries to break multiple-random-word passwords.

Sure, computers get faster every year. We need to pay attention. If there is a quantum leap in computing power, everyone will need to use even stronger passwords or password-less methods for security. For now, computers can become millions of times faster and still not break CorrectHorseBattery2Staple passwords. (Notice the “2” inserted for strength.)

Standard Security Advice That Still Applies

Not all the standard security advice has become obsolete. Standard recommendations that are still good include:

  • Use a password manager such Dashlane, Bitwarden, or 1Password, and you only need to memorize one password.
  • Do not reuse any passwords for multiple logins.
  • Use multi-factor authentication (MFA or 2FA), such as a free authenticator app on your phone or a physical Yubikey.
  • Don’t write down your passwords near your computer or in any other easily discoverable place.

Techie: Wells H. Anderson, JD, GPSolo eReport Contributing Technology Editor and CEO of SecureMyFirm, 952/922-1120,—we protect small firms from cyber threats with affordable, multiple layers of defense.

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