Weekly Wrap-Up! – June 7, 2024

System Spotlight

By Staff

I hope you are all having a GREAT Adventure this year. If you would like to share your library SRP photos in the System Spotlight please send them via email to cdressler@swkls.org or swilson@swkls.org.

Future Dates & Training Opportunities (All Times in CST)

June 12th – 11 AM – Yodeck Simplifed with Chris Dressler (Zoom)/Register Here

June 14th – 11 AM – Idea Lab: Impact of Net Neutrality on Library Services Webinar/Register Here

June 21st – 10 AM – SWKLS Board Meeting Online/Registration Link


By Sara Wilson


by Christopher Dressler

Password Habits

In the fast-paced and interconnected digital age, passwords serve as the guardians of our personal and sensitive information. Whether it’s accessing our email, social media accounts, or online banking, a strong password is the first line of defense against cyber threats. Unfortunately, many individuals still underestimate the importance of adopting secure password habits, putting themselves at risk of cyberattacks and identity theft. In this article, we’ll explore the significance of password habits and provide valuable tips to enhance your online security.

  • The Importance of Strong Passwords
    • A strong password is the foundation of digital security. It acts as a virtual lock to protect your personal data from unauthorized access. A weak or easily guessable password leaves you vulnerable to hackers who can exploit your accounts and compromise your digital identity.
  • Avoiding Common Password Mistakes
    • Too often, individuals fall into the trap of using common, easily guessable passwords. Some of the most commonly used passwords include “123456,” “password,” and “qwerty.” Such passwords are like leaving the front door of your digital house wide open for attackers.
  • Password Length and Complexity
    • To create strong passwords, prioritize length and complexity. Aim for passwords that are at least 12 characters long, combining uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. The longer and more complex your password, the harder it becomes for hackers to crack it.
  • Unique Passwords for Each Account
    • Using the same password for multiple accounts is a grave mistake. If one account gets compromised, all your other accounts become vulnerable too. Implement a unique password for each account to contain potential damages and secure your online presence effectively.
  • Change Passwords Regularly
    • Routine password changes add an extra layer of protection. Consider updating your passwords every three to six months, or whenever there’s a suspicion of a security breach.
  • Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
    • Enhance your security further by enabling two-factor authentication wherever possible. 2FA requires a second verification step, such as a fingerprint scan, SMS code, or authentication app, making it significantly harder for attackers to breach your accounts.
  • Password Managers
    • Keeping track of numerous complex passwords can be challenging. A password manager can be an invaluable tool, generating strong passwords and securely storing them in an encrypted vault. This way, you only need to remember one master password.
  • Beware of Phishing
    • No matter how strong your passwords are, falling for phishing attempts can compromise your accounts. Be cautious of suspicious emails, messages, or links that may lead you to fake login pages.
  • Regular Security Checkups
    • Conduct regular security checkups of your online accounts. Review login activity and ensure there have been no unauthorized access attempts.

In conclusion, practicing strong password habits is essential to safeguarding your digital world. By creating unique, complex, and regularly updated passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and being vigilant against phishing attempts, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to cyber threats. Stay proactive, stay secure!