Showing posts with label computer safety. Show all posts
Showing posts with label computer safety. Show all posts

Friday, January 13, 2012

PassCreator Helps You Create Strong Passwords

One of the best ways to protect your online identity is to create strong passwords containing unique characters. Sometimes it's difficult to think of new strong passwords. When you're having a mental block thinking up a new password try PassCreator. PassCreator is a free service that helps you create a strong password. To use PassCreator just select the attributes you want your password to have (number of characters, character type, etc.) then press "create." If you don't like the password created for you, just press "create" again to generate another password.

Applications for Education
If your students are having trouble coming up with secure passwords, have them try PassCreator. In my experience it's often teachers that have weak passwords (using the default "HelpDesk" or "ABC123" password given to you is a bad idea). If you're in charge of distributing laptops or tablets to the faculty at your school, have teachers try PassCreator to generate a strong password.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Anatomy of a Computer Virus

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus is a narrated and illustrated explanation of the Stuxnet virus. The does a good job of explaining how the virus was created, spread, and the problems it could potentially cause. The video is embedded below.

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus from Patrick Clair on Vimeo.

If you're considering using Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus in your classroom, you might also want to take a look at some of Common Craft's videos that can help viewers understand how computer viruses can spread. Computer Viruses and Threats is the obvious choice from Common Craft to complement the video above.

The World Wide Web in Plain English explains how the web works. This video could aid students' understanding of Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus. (If you're reading this in RSS you might need to click through to see the video).

H/T to Cool Infographics for the Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus video. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ad-Aware Free Adds Antivirus Scan Scheduling

I don't often write about hardware-related topics but this is one that I have to pass along because it does address an issue that all computer owners face, virus protection. The popular free anti-virus, anti-malware program Ad-Aware from Lavasoft has recently added a scan scheduler. So now rather than having to manually activate a scan of your system you can schedule scans to happen at your specified interval. If you want to download Ad-Aware for your PC you can do so here.

H/T to CNet for the news.

Applications for Education
In the fall and again in the winter after Christmas and Hanuka break I'll have a handful of students come in with new laptops. The first thing I do after admiring their shiny new machines is recommend that they have some type of anti-malware program installed. Ad-Aware is the one that I and our tech department usually recommends.