Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online
Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online

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Week 2: Authentication


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Cory introduces you to Week 2 of the course.

Last week you explored the security threats that could affect your ability to stay secure online. You also learned how to keep your knowledge of these threats up to date.

This week you’ll learn about the purpose of passwords and the different situations in which they are used, the ways in which attackers try to learn your password so they can impersonate you online and ways of improving the security of your passwords and online identification methods.

Important warning: This week, you will be asked to discuss different aspects of password security. It is critical that you never share your actual passwords and only discuss the general principles. If you need an example, please make one up rather than give an actual password!

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