Thing #70: Online Security Audit

SecurityThis month’s thing is going to work a little differently, and is based on a lesson in the Technology Basic Skills class that we just completed last week. It got such a wonderful response from the students, that we thought it would be of use to everyone else too.

What you need to do this time around is read the articles listed below to make sure you’re up to speed with the basics of online security. These articles cover topics ranging from passwords to making sure your connection to the Net is secure.

Now, perform a online security audit of both yourself and your library and write up your findings in a blog post. The questions you should be asking both yourself and your library include, but aren’t limited to:

  • How strong are your passwords?
  • You do have more than one password, right? Or are you using the same one for everything?
  • What sort of activities will you not do over an unsecured WiFi connection or are you not concerned about that?
  • Do you run anti-virus software on your computer?
  • How often do you update your OS and other software?


  1. Read the articles listed above
  2. Write a blog post assessing both your personal and library’s online security. What are you doing right? What can you improve?
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