Cyber Security Made Easy – Part 4

English: A Master padlock with "r00t"...The topic of creating great passwords has been visited many
times by many people, yet it remains relevant and important because common
passwords are still too common. As educators often feel the pain of knowledge
falling on deaf ears, we beat this horse once again in hopes that one or two
new pupils may take heed.
Make better passwords!
When creating your list of passwords one tip is to ensure
your password does not rank as one of the world’s most popular passwords such as “Jesus,” “Ninja” and “Qwerty.” 
You can also visit our previous blog that covers the basics
on making passwords more effective. Let’s say that your email password is
“whiskers”, the name of your no doubt lovable cat.  You can easily keep
the familiarity of the password while increasing its effectiveness as a
password.

Old password:  whiskersNew password:  I have loved Whiskers since
2004!

Easy to remember, and vastly more secure than
the original password.  If you can’t use spaces, simply remove them.

English: Sprinkles, chocolate syrup and whippe...
Whenever possible, use words and terms which
can’t be found in a dictionary.  This sounds harder than it is.  You
can use altered spelling, nicknames, and clues instead of the actual term.
Old password: I love icecream
New password: !love1c3cr3am
You can also visit trusted 
opinion leaders such as the Canadian site Get Cyber Safe that
highlights:
  • ·      Don’t stay logged into a site but login each
    time you visit the site
  • ·      Clear browsing history or cache after online
    banking and shopping
  • ·      Avoid using a single dictionary word

Or the American site Stop.Think.Connect. that includes:
  • ·     Keep a separate password for each account
  • ·     Make passwords long and strong including
    capital, lowercase, numbers and symbols
  • ·     Limit how and who has access to what you post by
    using privacy settings on websites and set to your level of comfort

Our next blog will cover a list of resources. 

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London 2012 Olympics Threats, Online and in the Queue

A team of over 16,000 outsourced security personnel, military troops and police officers will be on guard at the London 2012 Olympics, but physical security for Olympic fans may not be enough to keep them safe.  The Olympics, like any other large publicly favored event, is a hot target for cyber criminals and a hot topic for luring unsuspecting Internet users.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11:  A free Wi-Fi hotspot ...

While at the games you may be on the lookout for pickpockets, but also guard yourself against Wi-Fi thievery. Wi-Fi connections can potentially put you at risk for data theft, particularly your passwords
and private information. One of the best ways to ensure your information isn’t compromised when
using a public Wi-Fi network is not to send any sensitive information over the network, or by securing what is sent as much as possible. The best tip is don’t use public Wi-Fi. If you’re going to anyway, don’t do online banking.

For the insistent on using Wi-Fi while at the games, read PC Magazine’s Ten Tips for Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Security.
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