Across the world, February 7 is “Safer Internet Day”, a day when we encourage everyone to become more aware of what they do on the Internet, as well as educate others about online activity.
This year, the theme is “connecting generations and educating each other”, and that’s got us thinking: we all have someone – young or old – who needs a little bit of help when it comes to understanding safety on the Internet.
Today, if you can, take some time to help them out with something basic: changing a password.
Most of us keep relatively basic passwords, but by changing our password on a semi-regular basis, we can go a long way to staying safe on the web, making it harder for would-be criminals to try and steal an identity.
You can even talk to your family to find out what a good password should have in it. Obviously we shouldn’t be talking about our passwords – SSH! Remember to keep it secret! – but communicate the message that a good password has both upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and even other characters such as the exclamation mark and an at-sign.