Lesson 5: Cyber Security

In this lesson, we’ll examine an increasingly important element of cyber security – passwords. We’ll do our best to answer the question, how can I safeguard myself online?

Worst Passwords of 2014

Every year, the website http://splashdata.com publishes its worst passwords of the year list. Read the following Time magazine article that features SplashData’s list to see if your password is terrible!

Cybercrime and What You Can Do About It

In this video, you’ll get a sense for just how much of your information is publicly available. Just think what is possible for those with little regard for your privacy or the law.

Lifehacker Password Security Articles

The articles below are from a website called LifeHacker.com. Each article examines an issue related to password creation. In your small group, read your assigned article and identify a key piece of information to share with the rest of the class in our collaborative Slide Presentation.
Include at least one image and a brief explanation.

  1. Why Multi-word Phrases Make More Secure Passwords Thank Incomprensible Gibberish
  2. The Only Password You Need Is the One Your Can’t Remember
  3. Create Strong But Memorable Passwords with Phonetic Forms in Wolfram Alpha
  4. How to Update Your Insecure Passwords and Make Them Easy to Use
  5. How to Stay Secure Online
  6. What Professional Password Guessers Look For in Your Password
  7. How to Choose and Remember Great Passwords that Live in Your Head

Password Management Applications

PCmag.com features an excellent article that compares some of the leading Password Management Applications that are available to us. In this part of the lesson, we’re going to take a look at some of those applications and identify just what it is that they do. Then we’re going to give one of them, LastPass, a test run.
Add the LastPass Chrome extension: