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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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Identity theft occurs when someone steals personal information such as your name, identity card number or credit card number, so that they can pretend to be someone else. This is usually done to gain access to finances, get medical benefits, to avoid the police, or to commit other crimes. 

 

How do identity thieves find your personal information? 

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As businesses and individuals rely on emails for communication, it is critical to protect the information contained in emails against threats. Email is one of the most popular mediums for phishing attempts or virus distribution, especially through email attachments. 

 

Email security threats 

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Social Engineering is a technique of deceiving people to reveal sensitive information which they would usually not share. It typically involves trickery for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or access to computer systems. 

 

What methods are used by social engineers? 

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Ransomware is a type of malware that stops you from using your computer, and holds your data hostage. Typically, it will do this by encrypting your personal files or locking your computer screen. It may then require you to pay a ransom via a credit card payment, money transfer or cryptocurrency in order to unlock and use your computer.  But even if you pay the ransom, there’s no guarantee it won’t happen again. 

 

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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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