Tactical report, Week 5, 2020

Greetings from the Tactical Station!

As Chief Tactical Officer (and thus defacto Chief of Security) my duties are to oversee tactical operations, including weapons and shields, and ship's security.

In STARFLEET, Tactical and Security Officers comprise of people who wish to ensure peace is kept at STARFLEET events and at our tables during cons, security is not an actual physical security force. Instead, they serve as extra bodies at the table to keep things under control for ops, who may otherwise be overwhelmed with a number of people who want to talk with someone about SFI, or they may be people posted at doors of important meetings to ensure only STARFLEET personnel are admitted.

As we are not a physical chapter, my duty will be to provide the crew of the Curie with virtual security tips, travel advisories, and other items of note to boost crew protection.

For this week’s Tactical Report here are Password Security Tips:

These are some the tips from the Stop.Think.Connect. ™ campaign to help make your passwords stronger and help keep them secure:

- Don't use words that can be found in any dictionary of any language and use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

- Don't use passwords that are based on personal information or that can be easily accessed or guessed including birthdays, names of pets, or favorite movies and books that can be found by a quick search on social networking sites.

- Use passphrases like "Thispasswdis4myemail!" to help you remember complex passwords.

Write down your passwords and store them in a secure place away from your computer if necessary. For example, passwords locked in your desk drawer are secure, but passwords on a sticky note stuck to the monitor are not.

- Use different passwords for different accounts and change them regularly.

- Make sure account login pages use encryption including a URL that begins with "https:" instead of "http:". Look for the padlock icon in the browser bar, too. If the padlock icon appears on the webpage, but not in the browser bar, it might just be a graphic that a cybercriminal embedded to trick you into feeling secure.

As always stay safe!

Long Live and Prosper 🖖🏻

LT Steven


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