Safeguarding Your Online Presence: Strong Passwords

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computer hacker animationIn today’s fast-paced digital era, the internet has become an integral part of our lives, offering an array of conveniences and opportunities. From connecting with loved ones to conducting business transactions, the online world has transformed the way we live and interact. However, with this realm of opportunities come lurking threats, making it imperative for every internet user to practice safe surfing. One of the most critical aspects of online security is creating and maintaining strong passwords, which forms the foundation of protecting our sensitive information from potential cyber threats.

Safe Surfing:  Navigating the Online World Safely

August 30, 10 a.m.

Extension Conference Room, 60 East Court St, Marion

Passwords are like virtual keys that grant access to our personal and confidential data, ranging from email accounts and social media profiles to online banking portals and e-commerce platforms. Regrettably, many individuals underestimate the significance of a robust password, opting for convenience over security. Weak and easily guessable passwords have proven to be a hacker’s delight, providing them with a straightforward entry point into our digital lives.

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The staggering increase in cyberattacks, data breaches, and identity theft cases serves as a wake-up call, urging us to prioritize the creation of strong passwords. What exactly constitutes a strong password? Here are some essential characteristics:

  1. The Longer, the Stronger…A password with 12 or more characters is harder to crack than a shorter one.
  2. Complexity…A password should contain a combination of upper & lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. Avoid your favorite pet’s name, birthdays, and words you can find in the dictionary.
  3.  Uniqueness…Using the same password for multiple accounts is a MISTAKE. A strong password should be exclusive to each account. Password Managers are extremely helpful.
  4. Regular Updates…Change your passwords regularly.

To spread awareness about the significance of strong passwords and other vital aspects of online safety, we are excited to announce our upcoming workshop, “Safe Surfing: Navigating the Online World Safely” on August 30 at 10 a.m., Extension Conference Room, 2nd Floor, County Services Building, 60 East Court St, Marion. There will also be a virtual option through Zoom. You must register to get the link.

This workshop aims to empower participants with practical knowledge and hands-on skills to fortify their online presence and protect themselves from potential cyber threats.

Register now for “Safe Surfing: Navigating the Online World Safely” and pave the way for a more secure digital future. See you there! Call 828-652-8104 with questions. Ask for Molly.

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