In honor of World Password Day (May 7) this week’s topic is Password Safety.
One important tenet of password safety is to use unique passwords everywhere. This is important because once a hacker discoverers a password, they will try that very same password (with the corresponding email address) at thousands of other sites, hoping that you reused it. Why not take a few moments right now and change FIVE of your most frequently reused passwords? You know, I only nudge because I care. 🙂
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Password Safety Printable(** for Premium Members only)
Over the years, as Internet usage has grown and cyber-threats have increased, so has the need for more stringent passwords. Are your password habits out of date? Here are the basic rules of password safety: never reuse a password, never put personal info in a password, make them long, don’t use words you can find in a dictionary, don’t share them, use a password manager, and use two-factor authentication (2FA) whenever possible. For more tips on teaching password safety to kids, here is this week’s crop of website recommendations.
Authy: What is Two-Factor Authentication?
Two-factor authentication “is an extra layer of security used to make sure that people trying to gain access to an online account are who they say they are. First, a user will enter their username and a password. Then, instead of immediately gaining access, they will be required to provide another piece of information.” Authy is my go-to app for generating one-time passcodes. Here is their introduction to the what and why of 2FA.
Avast Blog: How to Create a Strong Password
Visit this post from the Avast Blog to learn how passwords get hacked, and the difference between a brute force attack, dictionary attack and phishing. In addition to good password security, you’ll also learn the importance of using a VPN (virtual private network) and keeping your antivirus software up-to-date.
Connect Safely: Tips for Strong Passwords
“A strong password is your first line of defense against intruders and imposters.” Connect Safely offers fourteen password tips three ways: as an article, a slideshow, and as a shareable, printable PDF. They also bring up an excellent conundrum for parents: “… if you do ask your children for their passwords, make sure they understand that this is a rare exception to the ‘do not share password’ rule.”
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Printables Club Members Also Get …
Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:
Password Safety Printable
Password Safety Wikipedia Printable
What is Phishing? Printable
Online Safety Printable
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Quote of the Week
“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” ~~ Oprah Winfrey ~~ ( January 29, 1954) American talk show host, producer. Want a little more Oprah in your day? Click the link to read more Oprah quotes.
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