Heartbleed: A Teachable Moment About Passwords

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The Huffington Post writes:

According to experts, it’s wise to see if the Heartbleed bug has affected the websites you visit most. CNET has compiled a list of the top 100 sites across the web that shows which sites are vulnerable to this bug. When you look at CNET’s list you’ll notice that a password change is recommended for most sites including Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo and more.

Before you join the collective groan being heard around the Internet at the prospect of changing your passwords, look at the bright side. This security glitch actually offers parents and their kids an opportunity to share an important and timely “teachable” moment. Why not use Heartbleed as reason to talk to your kids [and adults!] about how and why to make safe and secure passwords in the first place?

via Heartbleed: A Teachable Moment About Passwords | Diana Graber.

Here’s a tip that most of my clients and students love for creating relatively secure passwords that you won’t forget:

  • Pick 3 numbers
  • Pick 3 letters
  • Pick a special character like !

Now, for each website where you need a password, use the 3 numbers followed by the name of the website or service you are using and use a capital letter. Follow that with the 3 letters and the special character so that your WordPress password would be something like this:

123WordpressABC!

Like I said — relatively secure and you’ll never forget it — just be sure that your number and letter combinations are relatively random!

Update: April 11…

It doesn’t do any good to change your password in a service that has not been updated to protect itself against Heartbleed because your new password will be subject to the same concerns. Check this list of services that has already been updated and in which you can safely change your password. Other than that, be on the lookout for emails from service providers who are telling you it’s now ok to update your password in their service. Questions? Feedback?

6 Vintage Commercials that Will Make You Smile…

My favorite:

This commercial puts things in perspective as only 18 years ago the internet was still a new and growing tool. 5th graders outline the prospective possibilities of the internet, which back then were only dreams, yet today make up a very present reality.

via 6 Vintage Commercials that Will Make You Smile – Goodnet.

Dove Experiment Aims to Change the Way You See Yourself

Mashable writes:

Dove posted on Monday a three-minute ad on YouTube that teaches a vital lesson about how we view ourselves compared to how others see us. Trust us, it’s worth your time.

A former forensic artist for the San Jose police department met a series of women and asked each to describe the way they look. He had no way of seeing them behind a curtain. He prompted them to detail everything: hair length, facial structure, their most prominent features. He then sketched each participant from their self-description.

Each woman was asked before the study to get to know one of the other participants. The forensic artist then prompted each woman to describe the other’s face.

via Dove Experiment Aims to Change the Way You See Yourself.

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20 Videos That Went Viral in 2012

See on Scoop.itWhat I see, what I feel, what I’d like to see…

Since the advent of YouTube, short, homemade videos have skyrocketed to Internet fame in just a few days time. We’ve got some of the best videos in health and fitness to go viral over the past year.

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