That’s the summer reading sorted! Watch out Library Foundation Degree and ICT in Libraries classes of 2013 🙂
Posted by LibeRaCe on July 9, 2013
That’s the summer reading sorted! Watch out Library Foundation Degree and ICT in Libraries classes of 2013 🙂
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Posted by LibeRaCe on May 24, 2013
This is the first (of many hopefully!) blog contributions from our Library and Learning Technology Service extended family tree in Grwp Llandrillo Menai. This week Dan, based at Rhos site, wants to tell you a story ….are you sitting comfortably? Now let’s begin…..
Password security is something that I take very seriously. All of my passwords are undecipherable gibberish and at least 20 characters long, and I don’t use the same password for any two services. Some of you may think I go too far, that I’m paranoid and I’m tempted to agree. It wasn’t always like this though. I’ve been happily reliant on the same 4 (admittedly quite strong) passwords since I first got to log on to a computer. That all changed in April of 2011.
I’d finished work, met up with some friends and we’d headed back to mine to have a quick gaming session before heading to the pub. I got home, switched on the PS3 and started signing in to my account. After an unusually long wait I was shown this message –
Odd. Never mind though, a few offline games and off out we went. Next day I tried again, only to be met with the same message. Now I was a little concerned and I turned to the Internet for help. Very quickly I found out that it wasn’t just me. Sony’s entire online network seemed to be down and they were keeping incredibly quiet as to why. The days turned to weeks and the network stayed down. As more and more details were revealed the extent of the problem came to light and it horrified me.
Sony announced that the personal data of every single one of its 77 million users had been stolen in a huge breach. The hackers had my name, location, email address, gaming preferences and worst of all, my PlayStation username and password; one of the four passwords I ran my entire online life with.
The scariest part of this entire breach was the lack of security surrounding the storage of these passwords. Once the simple encryption was broken, the hackers had a list of usernames and passwords stored as simple readable text. That’s when I started looking at passwords differently. Before the entire Sony fiasco I was confident with my four strong passwords. Nobody could guess them so my accounts were safe. After this I realised that I could be using the strongest password known to man and it wouldn’t matter at all if these sites got breached. If a technology giant like Sony were storing my password in a text file behind a simple, easily breakable encryption, why do I trust that the hundreds of other services I use are storing it more securely?
These kinds of breaches are not unique to Sony. They received huge amounts of publicity due to the scale of the whole incident, but big companies are constantly being breached and a lot of it goes unreported – 96,000 Spotify usernames and passwords were posted online on the 20th March; Living Social announced a breach affecting 50 Million Users in April and back in February, quarter of a million Twitter User’s details appeared online. It’s happening all of the time and, unless you are actively looking for it, you may not even know that you’ve been compromised. That’s why sites such as www.shouldichangemypassword.com exist.
This is the reason I now take an active interest in my password security. I am glad to say that nothing happened to my account after the Sony incident. My bank details were swiftly removed and my passwords changed everywhere. Now I try to keep on top of the latest advances in password security and while I don’t consider myself to be a technical whizz, I think I read enough on the subject to offer some sound advice as to how to create some strong and unique passwords to make sure that they are safe from all but the most resourceful of hacks.
This is why I have created the following Password Mastery hand out. Creating strong passwords ensures that they will be difficult to break. Creating unique passwords ensures that should one website get hacked into, you can at least be reassured that the rest of your online life is safe. Most people only start worrying about the security of their passwords when it’s already too late. Be proactive and ensure it doesn’t happen to you.
Posted by LibeRaCe on October 23, 2012
This morning Ofcom released their latest report – Children and Adults Media use and attitudes report 2012.
Did you know that –
Over a third of 3-4 years olds are helped to go online using a desktop PC, laptop or netbook and 6% go online via a tablet computer!
Children who use the internet mostly alone comprise one in seven internet users aged 5-7 (14%), one in four aged 8-11 (24%) and over half of those aged 12-15 (55%)
While most children would tell someone if they encountered something inappropriate, a minority were unsure or would not tell anyone
Lack of confidence in using the internet is an issue for a number of parents, and the risks of grooming, cyber-bullying or access to inappropriate content are not always front-of-mind for many parents.
The ESafety pages on Moodle developed and curated by the Library and Learning Technology team, will help to support tutors and learners with :
– Esafety/Digital Footprint Class resources (videos, discussion points, quizzes, handouts and crib sheets)
– Esafety handouts with top tips
– Sources to find support
– Information for parents
– Esafety resources created by learners with disabilities and learning difficulties
– Esafety resources created by referred/excluded learners
– Safer online shopping information
– Spotting fakes and fraud online
– Basic media literacy awareness
We also add content regularly to our favourite E-Safety webpages list – http://delicious.com/llandrillo_library/esafety .
To arrange departmental staff development training on delivering Esafety, Digital Footprint or Social Media sessions, please contact the LLTS team directly.
Posted by LibeRaCe on January 20, 2011
Coleg Llandrillo Library staff with the help of the Intro Connect students have won a share in a recent CyMAL Information Literacy grant award! While the group didn’t win the separate overall student prize, the resources created were well received and their winning entry will help to support other Intro Connect and ILS groups throughout Wales.
The short screencast entitled ‘Think Before You Click’ was created during tutorial sessions with the students and their tutors while discussing e-safety and web awareness. The students shared their ideas for the slides, gave feedback on the draft presentations and recorded their own voice-overs for the final edit. The screencast is part of a wider bi-lingual resource package with powerpoint slides, handouts and a short quiz. These are now also being used on the Llandrillo E-Safety pages for the college.
Information officer Síona Murray said ” the students were a fantastic group to work with, very enthusiastic and full of ideas. We had a great time recording the audio tracks and deciding on the slides. The class tutors were very supportive of the whole project from the start and very generously set aside class time to enable the students to get involved.”
Posted by LibeRaCe on January 17, 2011
How to engage with students when sneakily trying to teach them a bit more about information literacy and challenging perceptions? No easy task, but we thought we’d take a different slant so they didn’t just switch off when shown examples of webpages – it’s hard when you’re 16 to not think you know if all and that the oldie (even when they’re not that old!) at the top of the classroom hasn’t a clue.
So – if the Web is their mass media of today, what about before all that technology was developed? Re-discovering old hoaxes and looking at new ones can be a great way to start students thinking about trust, perception and how the technology of the time can affect the masses. It helps to increase their sceptical superpowers and to highlight things to help them decide if a source is reliable, current and relevant.
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Posted by LibeRaCe on November 18, 2010
Are you concerned about climate change?
As an International Climate Change Champion you will have the opportunity to:
Further details and an application form are attached – applications should be sent to email@example.com by the closing time and date of 5.00 pm on 30th November 2010.
Application Form November 2010 – Word Doc
18 – 35 ICC 2010_Welsh – Role Description (in Welsh) PDF
18 – 35 ICC 2010 – Role Description (in English) PDF
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Posted by LibeRaCe on November 17, 2010
This week is Anti-Bullying Week nationwide – how are you involved?
Beat BullyingUK has started their Big March campaign – join up to spead the word and get access to some great resources
Cybermentors is a online support forum when young people can support others who are the victims of bullying
Don’t forget – the College Student Welfare team have specially trained mentors to help you if you are being bullied and also with any other concerns and challenges you might face during your time here.
**You can get more information on E-Safety and Fighting Cyberbullying on the College Moodle pages**
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Posted by LibeRaCe on October 27, 2010
Related articles we have come across which highlight other far reaching consequences of the Act include those from Emplyment Law Watch on the implications for Compromise Agreements and articles highlighted by BBC Ouch discussing how the act could effect jobseekers with a disability or medical condition.
You can also find more guidance details here through the Government Equalities Office – including interim arrangements.
Posted by LibeRaCe on October 25, 2010
This week we uploaded the new E-Safety resources and guides on to Moodle and delivered the first students and staff sessions. Eye opening for all involved !
You can also access the resources here – tell us what you think….
Library staff have been reviewing and collating a wide range of e-safety material available online over the past few months. This has be collected and presented in a new way by breaking the units into 5, 10 and 30 minute sessions. This makes it easier for staff to explore the material themselves in their own time, but also makes it easier to include the training in class time without causing major timetabling problems.
You can also check out the library delicious feed for loads more regularly updated e-safety content. Becoming web-aware, knowing about safer social networking and understanding how to manage your digital footprint are vital life skills that all students (and staff and adults and children) should know about.
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Posted by LibeRaCe on September 17, 2010
Students can already share their opinions and favourite/most hated reads in the Blog Off and Read! group on Moodle.
Would you like to meet up with other like-minded students on a regular basis to chat about the ‘read of the week’ and share ideas face to face?
Well then, you’ll need to contact our Senior Information officer Pat Hebron and she’ll do the rest.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your –
Preferred Contact Email
Times of the week that would suit you best
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