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I'm spinning off of the other discussion about making the new Cyberchip requirements work for crossovers. The question is what can a scout learn via the existing curriculum that gets him somewhat prepared to help someone in need? And, what does a boy need to master to be prepared to help someone?


I'm asking because I'm not involved in guiding scouts through the Cyberchip program, but I have scouts who are the "leaders" in their families in internet privacy/security issues. (That's good and bad.)


Is this the 21st century equivalent of the old "how to help in case of a runaway horse" requirement in First Class first aid?

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Well, if you are looking for curriculum ideas I would start with (@@Torchwood, chime in):

  • Home network security. How to lock down a router, encryption, not using guest wifi, renaming SSIDs, using MAC address assigning, shutting down protocols not used.
  • Device security (software). Loading and keeping current a good antivirus program on all devices, especially computers. 
  • Device security (hardware). How to "lock down" all hardware devices from intrusion, especially new devices like gaming consoles, Alexa/Google, wireless anything, phones, etc.
  • Safe usage. How to avoid phishing and other scams, safe browsing, data sharing, safe social media usage (e.g., not posting vacation pics while on vacation), "instant" media like SnapChat.
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@Col. Flagg, that's exactly the kind of stuff I'm looking for.


It was only a few years ago when the first rule was, back-up your disks! Is that still a thing?


It's all cloud now. Heck, syncing accounts, etc., is another issue altogether.


One thing I would add to the list above are the dangers of using all that "free" stuff on things like Google, Microsoft, gaming consoles, etc. You need to really read the fine print to see what data they are mining from you. 


Just consider every picture you take on ANY phone has the date, time, location, GPS coordinates and other data embedded in the picture's data file...unless you know how to turn that off. Share that picture with me and I can tell you a ton about yourself. ;)

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I am not a big fan of cloud anything- but I think part of that is the fact that all of that stuff is blocked at our firewall at work, so I don't use it anyway. The "cloud" is just someone else's computer. That being said, here is a recipe for safe computing for your family:


1. Make sure that you change all of your router settings from what your ISP has as defaults. That means changing your home network name (SSID) and password, and setting an admin name and password for the management console. If you go to a browser, generally the way to access this is to type into the address bar and hit enter. You can add all kinds of other security features, like listing the MAC address of every device that you want to allow on your network, and blocking unknown devices. I also suggest enabling a guest network with its own SSID and password, especially if your house is the local hub for your kids and their friends. I actually have 2 routers in my house- one is from my cable provider and is locked down pretty tight in our basement (mounted near the ceiling). It only connects to a few devices, including a wired switch that feeds our desktop computers and a few other wired devices. The other is on the main floor, and has dual wifi networks for the family, and a guest network as well.


2. Make sure that you have antivirus software on every possible device and keep it up to date. Avoid phishing and other scams by NEVER clicking on links to websites in emails from vendors you do have accounts with (banks, credit card providers, etc). Instead, go the their actual websites and login there. Scammers have gotten really good at spoofing websites (the recent Google scam is a perfect example), so make sure that you are vigilant at looking at the URLs of any site you go to. If it looks suspicious, stay away.


3. I can't stress the use of STRONG passwords enough. Use different passwords for every account, make them complex Letters, caps, numbers and special characters), don't leave them on a post-it stuck to the edge of your monitor. There are differing schools of thought about changing them often. I am of the opinion that if you have a strong, complex password, you don't have to change it. If you have a lot of accounts that you use often, consider using a password manager like KeePass, so that you have a single password to remember, and it can generate long and complex passwords randomly for each website you need to access. Also, if you have accounts that offer 2-Factor Authentication, pleas use it. If you don't know what that is, it is a system where you enter your username and password (these are things that only you know), and then the website sends a text message to your phone with a code that you then enter for final access (the phone is something only you have).


I'm sure I will think of more things, but start here.

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