K12 Cyber Awareness Month – Week #3 – Cyber Hygiene (Transcript)

The K12 Cyber Awareness Month logo for 2022 appears.

The logo is inspired by a comic book design with lively colours, yellow, blue, pink, green and white. The black text “2022 K-12 CYBER AWARENESS MONTH” appears just below the centre and slightly to the left of the screen. The white text “BE A CYBERHERO!” appears at the centre of the screen and the white text “October 2022” appears at the bottom of the screen at the same time, followed by white stars and yellow lightning images surrounding the texts.

A different comic book background appears with the lively colours of purple, turquoise, yellow, green, red, orange, and blue. The white text “Week 3: Cyber Hygiene” appears in the centre and slightly to the left of the screen.

On the same background the previous text is replaced with “Starring: Amara

Scene – Image of city buildings appear and it zooms in on Amara’s apartment. The image changes to Amara’s bedroom where she is laying in her bed on her smartphone.

<Narration> Meet Amara. Amara is very social and likes to spend time online chatting with and meeting new friends.

Scene – image changes to her smartphone showing a social media application login page

<Narration> Amara notices recently each time she tries to access TikChat it asks her to login.

<Narration> This is new. It never did this before.

Scene – Amara clicks on the login button and types her password

<Narration> After signing in, Amara is chatting with her friends when she receives a text from her classmate Maddie.

Scene – Image of Amara’s phone appears with the following text from Maddie

<Narration> “Amara! Don’t say stuff like that to me on TikChat. You know my parents can see it”

<Narration> Amara is puzzled. She than notices there are messages sent to Maddie from her she doesn’t remember sending, saying things she doesn’t recognize at all. Amara realizes that that her account has been hacked.

Scene – A new image of Amara in a superhero costume appears with the following text “What Should She Do?”

<Narration> What should she do? The very first thing Amara needs to do is change her password.

Scene – Image of Amara in her superhero costume appears. She is typing on her smartphone.

<Narration> Amara knows a good password is long and strong.

Scene – Image of the comic book background and the following text appears.

<Narration> Strong passwords should include: Upper case letters; Lower case letters; Numbers and Symbols

Scene – Image of Amara’s smartphone and change password screen appears

<Narration> Amara prefers to use a memorable passphrase for her password. This is easy to remember and its good practice when creating a strong password.

Scene – Image of Amara typing on her smartphone reappears

<Narration> The next thing she should do is setup 2-factor authentication.

Scene – Image of the comic book background appears with the text “Tip 2: Set-up two-factor authentication”.

<Narration> She realizes using a password alone is not enough to stop would-be villains like hackers and others who wish to steal your information and even your identity online.

Scene – Image of Amara smartphone with Setup 2-factor authentication screen appears

<Narration> By using a second login verification Amara knows it will make it harder for cyber villains to access her account.

Scene – Image of Amara’s smartphone screen with a phone number being typed appears

<Narration> A second verification to her password, something you know can be something you have like a code sent to your phone or something you are like your fingerprint.

<Narration> Amara knows that good cyber habits mean that all her accounts should have different passwords, but how will she remember them all. She uses a password manager to keep track of login information for all her accounts. This way she need only remember one password, the password for her password manager.  

<Narration> Good cyber habits also include installing the latest software updates and patches on all your devices.

Scene – Image of the comic book background with the text “Tip 4: Install the latest updates and patches on all devices” appears. Image of Amara doing a yoga pose appears.

<Narration> Making sure that devices are set to auto-lock and checking privacy settings often.

Scene – Image of Amara in her bedroom reappears.

<Narration> After changing her password and checking her security settings, Amara messaged her friend Maddie back to tell her that her account was hacked but that she had taken the steps to protect it from now on. Amara and Maddie agreed to meet later to talk in person about what Amara learned.

Scene – Image of Amara in her superhero costumer reappears

<Narration> What Amara discovered about her online security habits is something all of us can learn from. Let’s recap our good cyber habits checklist.

  • Create long and strong passwords and passphrases
    • Setup two-factor authentication
    • Consider using a Password Manager to ensure different passwords are used for different accounts
    • Install the latest software updates and patches
    • Apply auto-lock to devices
    • Check privacy settings often

Scene – Image of Amara with a thumbs up in a superhero costume appears followed by the K12 Cyber Awareness Month 2022 logo.

Scene – Image of William waving in a superhero costume appears followed by the K12 Cyber Awareness Month 2022 logo.

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