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HACKERS AREN’T PLAYING AROUND!
Ben is very popular. But, for the past few days, nobody will talk to him. Everyone is avoiding him. What's going on? What's happening to him?
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TEST YOUR UNDERSTANDING
Do you know now how to avoid hacking your data? Take our mini quiz to see! 😉
For you, hacking data is:
A - Helping Jack Sparrow find his ship!
Nope! Forget about Pirates of the Caribbean 😊 Focus on securing your access to your phone, tablet or computer. If someone learns your login details (= username, password...), they can hack your data and steal your information. Some advice: keep your access codes secret!
B - Exchange gifts with a friend
Nope! Hacking data means using someone else's identifiers (= username, password...) to access photos or videos, or to send messages in their place. This is what happened to Ben.
C - Stealing and playing with an internet account login or password
Yes! This is serious! It is an act punished by the law. To avoid having your data and accounts hacked, choose identifiers (= username, password...) that are difficult to guess. Don't share them with anyone. And don't forget: create a different login for each of your accounts!
Which password would be most difficult to hack?
A - ABCDEFG
Nope! These are just the first letters of the alphabet. Too easy to find. Plus, it doesn't contain any lower case letters or special characters. Here's the recipe for a strong password: take the first letter of each word of a phrase you know by heart + a special character (@, #, &, ! ...) + your favorite number + the first two letters of the site you are registering for. Alternate uppercase and lowercase letters and that's it!
B - CeTbDtFp&1
Yes! This password is (almost) impossible to guess. Good job! You've figured out what a strong password is. A word of advice: even if your passwords are super secure, don't share them, even with a friend. Would you lend your toothbrush to a friend? Your passwords are no different!
C - ben120494
Nope! This password has a first name and a birthdate. Much too easy to figure out. And it doesn't have any uppercase letters or a special character.
Here's the recipe for a strong password: take the first letter of each word of a phrase you know by heart + a special character (@, #, &, ! ...) + your favorite number + the first two letters of the site you are registering for. Alternate uppercase and lowercase letters and that's it!
Is Ben a victim of identity theft?
A - YES
Yes! Someone stole the notebook where he had written all his account details and used them to steal his identity (= pretended to be Ben). This malicious person then sent mean messages to his classmates but could have done even worse things, like publishing disturbing pictures or using the bank card registered in his phone to buy "Dragons and Sheep" bonuses like in episode 1. This is an act punishable by law.
B - NO
Nope! To usurp, according to the dictionary definition, is to appropriate power, status or property without having the right to do so, through violence or theft. It is an act punishable by law. In Ben's case, it was his account information that was stolen. Fortunately, he immediately told his parents and the school principal. The thief was found and the whole mess was quickly resolved.