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Passwords help us to keep things private, but we need to keep our passwords safe. We do this by making our password strong so people cannot easily guess it. 

 

A weak password: 

  • is easy to guess 
  • is made up of only letters or only numbers 

 

How to create a strong password: 

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If you spend too much time on the internet, you might find it difficult to stop. This is called addiction. You might be playing online games or social networking, but the problem is that if you are online for too long it can make you behave differently towards friends and family and can even make you sick. 

 

You might have a problem if: 

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We need to be very careful about who we speak to and email because there are bad people who will pretend to be your friend. These people will try to make friends with you but actually they want to hurt you. They can find you through instant messaging, online games and social networks like Facebook and Instagram. 

 

Bad people will look for: 

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There are many places on the internet where you can meet people and get to know each other. These websites are called social networks. Some examples of social networks are Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. 

 

Be careful! 

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The social nature of the internet connects people who know each other and offers a way for people to make new friends. But not all these people have good intentions, and the dangers of unwanted contact are on the rise. 

 

What is unwanted contact? 

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Anyone who is connected to the internet, and especially those who have online accounts such as social networking or email, could get compromised or ‘hacked’.  The faster you respond to a successful attack, the faster you can minimize the damage. 

 

How does an attacker get your password? 

  • From ‘phishing’ sites where you unintentionally gave your credentials 
  • From infected free software that you have installed on your computer 
  • Your online security is weak 
  • Your password is easy to guess 

 

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