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Passwords are the first line of defense to keep other people out of your computer, mobile phone, data and online accounts and this is why we must learn how to create strong passwords to protect ourselves. Unfortunately, many of the passwords people use are short and simple or have been used for a long period of time and for multiple accounts. Think of your password like a house key – it enables you to lock up your house, but you have to keep the key in a safe location. 

 

Basic guide to creating strong passwords 

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People tend to have a lot of different applications on their smartphones and computers just to kill time. However, there are a few things to look out for to ensure your safety and security. 

 

What are apps

Apps (or applications) are programs that can be used on a mobile device, and are often great sources of news, education, lifestyle or entertainment such as games and social networking. They can be downloaded cheaply or even for free on computers, mobile devices and even some TVs. 

 

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Cloud storage is a term that refers to online space that you can use to store your data. Cloud computing services are online services which store your data in a safe and secure location online, allowing you to access your files from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection. 

 

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Imagine losing your computer in a fire. Think of all the documents, files, photos and videos that you wouldn’t be able to recover. That’s why backing up your data is so important. Backing up your files gives you some protection against accidental loss of data, file corruption, hardware failures, virus attacks and even natural disasters. 

 

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Portable storage devices such as USB pen drives or hard drives can easily be moved and can store a large capacity of data. As organizations move toward digitizing their data, they become prone to data breaches and loss of confidential information. 

 

How can you secure your data in storage devices? 

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A software “patch” or “fix” is an update designed to correct problems with a software program or an operating system. Software manufacturers usually develop patches to resolve any security issues or flaws that are discovered, and to improve functionality.  

 

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