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Session 2

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  • Introduction to Internet Safety – A look at passwords
  • Create a strong password
  • Introduction to PowerPoint
  • Formatting using Word
  • Independent learning

Today’s Session

Computers can create a false sense of security – how can I be hurt through a computer screen? But to stay safe there are some small precautions that you should always take. Think of being online like being in a shopping centre:

  • You can meet friends and socialise
  • You can visit shops and libraries, etc.
The internet, like the shopping centre, is generally a safe place but there are still certain things we need to do to protect ourselves. We wouldn’t hand out our credit card number out to a stranger, or leave our car unlocked. Apply this same mindset when online.

An introduction to internet safety

  • You'll need to create a password to do just about everything on the Web, from checking your email to online banking. While it's simpler to use a short, easy-to-remember password, this can also pose serious risks to your online security.
  • To protect yourself and your information, you'll want to use passwords that are long, strong, and difficult for someone else to guess while still keeping them relatively easy for you to remember.
Discuss – How do you create and remember passwords? Are all your passwords different? Do you think they are secure? Why? Why not?


Safety in Canada

Staying Safe Online - Passwords

How strong are these passwords - discuss

What is the problem and its solution?

What is the problem and its solution?

What is the problem and its solution?

What is the problem and its solution?

  • Never use personal information such as your name, birthday, user name, or email address. This type of information is often publicly available, which makes it easier for someone to guess your password.
  • Use a longer password. Your password should be at least six characters long, although for extra security it should be even longer.
  • Don't use the same password for each account. If someone discovers your password for one account, all of your other accounts will be vulnerable.
  • Try to include numbers, symbols, and both uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Avoid using words that can be found in the dictionary. For example, swimming1 would be a weak password.
  • Random passwords are the strongest. If you're having trouble creating one, you can use a password generator instead.

Recap – Password Tips

If you use a password generator, you may also want to create a mnemonic device to make the password easier to remember. For example, H=jNp2#could be remembered as HARRY = jessica NORTH paris 2 #. This may still feel pretty random, but with a bit of practice it becomes relatively easy to memorize. Alternatively, use a password manager to remember your passwords. Examples include LastPass, 1Password, and Google Chrome's password manager.

Password generator tips

https://howsecureismypassword.net/ Other links: https://strongpasswordgenerator.com/ https://www.lastpass.com/ https://1password.com/ https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95606?hl=en  All GCFGlobal.org® content is available for free at edu.gcfglobal.org.

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