Cyber Criminals Want Your Information: Stop Them Cold!
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Let's face it - life on the Internet means usernames and passwords (accounts)! Lots of them in fact!
Stop and think about it for a moment. How many sites do you login into daily, weekly, or monthly?
Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Skype, Pinterest, Instragram, Youtube...
Ecommerce: Amazon, eBay, Overstock, Newegg, Target, Walmart...
Online Banking: Paypal, Bank Of America, Wells Fargo, Sun Trust, Charles Schwab...
Email: Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, your ISP email...
Gaming: Xbox Live!, Playstation, Wii, Steam....
Streaming: Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, Curiosity Stream...
The above list is only a small sample of sites you probably use on a regular basis. In fact many people have over one hundred accounts and that list is growing all the time!
How do you keep track of all this information?
Use the same few passwords among your accounts
Keep a spreadsheet
Write them down on paper
List them on a word processing document
Stick notes on your monitor
Unfortunately none of those are good practices. That's right - none of them. For the best security you should have a different password for every account (site)! These passwords should also be stored in an encrypted and safe manner.
Now why should you use a different password? You have heard of massive data breaches haven't you? Where cyber criminals steal thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of account information? It has happened to many sites including Adobe, eBay, Twitter, and many many others.
If your Twitter and bank passwords are the same and the cyber criminals steal your Twitter password, guess what? They could now potentially access your bank account! That would be a nightmare.
So every account on every site should have a unique password. After all, the username is usually your email address so in most cases your account is only protected by your password. However, there is more to this puzzle.
You should make your password as difficult for the cyber criminals to guess as possible. That means quit using video123 and use something like R-'hJ@y|11_b@i&U%RfB-z`J7ZF0d":blJg"ksUg which is far more secure.
Now you are probably wondering: how in the world do I have a unique long password for every site and easily keep track of all this information? Well, you are in the right place. That is the whole point of this Udemy course.
Your instructor, Jeremy O'Connell, will explain with videos how you secure your digital accounts and better protect yourself from cyber criminals. So the next time when you hear on the news of some site being hacked and millions of accounts being stolen you will know your accounts are safe and changing that site's password is no big deal.
What are you waiting for?! This course is even free, so put away your wallet!
Who this course is for:
- If you are viewing this page you are using the Internet and it is time to learn how to better protect your online accounts from cyber criminals.
- 3 pagesResource Guide PDF v1.0 - Recommended Companion Download
- 12:45How Insecure Is My Password?
- 04:49Has My Password Been Breached?
- 16:18Browser Password Manager
- 15:12About The Instructor
- 20:14Course Updates - March 2020
- 2 questionsLet's test your memory.
I have a vast array of experience dealing with Information Technology going back to 1986. In addition I have taught computer classes both online and in person. Since 1998 I have been working in production environments.
I am skilled with PHP programming (creating dynamic web applications, fully handwritten CMSes, middleware including API integrations, plus editing and maintenance of countless existing 3rd party projects), Perl programming (although not as much these days), MySQL administration, server administration including Solaris, FreeBSD, and several Linuxes: RedHat Enterprise, CentOS, and Ubuntu. I have fully installed and setup many *nixes including dealing with library issues and hand compiling of software like Apache, PHP, OpenSSL, Curl, etc. Some of my many other skills include system hardware building, DNS, POP3, cPanel/WHM (although I equally like the command line), VOIP, wireless network setup and security, SSL, encryption, digital security, ecommerce (including merchant accounts and payment gateways), video creation, general understanding of graphic design, ZFS, computer security such as antivirus and antispyware including helping individuals and companies fight off infections, application optimization (Memcache, APC (opcode)), and the list goes on.
I also hold some industry certifications via CompTIA (A+, Net+, iNet+) and received training from Oracle University's OCP DBA program. Finally I love technology and continue my quest of learning, experimenting, and deploying technology of all kinds.