Password Security for Library Staff and Library Users
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Twenty-first century libraries must provide online services. Online library services and accounts permit users to track, borrow, and access a vast network of resources through Internet connections with vendors of online information services, full-content databases, and other digital media. By providing online services, libraries join the throng offering online services and accounts, including banks, airlines, media streaming services, and others, which require librarians and library users alike to use, manage, and keep track of passwords.
But accessing services via the Internet is risky. Internet users are targeted by unethical hackers seeking personal and company data. Recently, a CBC News article discussed how a cracker using email redirected a bank customer’s money e-transfer to his own bank account.
Considering the social responsibility of library staff in protecting users’ privacy and security, Mark-Shane Scale explores how librarians can reduce users’ vulnerability to cracking, make users safer online, and improve their computer security.
- Reflect on library information security vulnerabilities and practices with online accounts
- Discover/explore ways of making it difficult for hackers/crackers to gain access to personal data
- Evaluate current library authentication practices
- Identify librarians' informational role on password managers, hacking, data breaches and online privacy protections.
Mark-Shane Scale is Customer Support Specialist at 1Password, a Canadian based company with offices in Toronto and St. Thomas, ON. A former library educator and author on library technology topics, as well as a trained librarian, Mark--Shane recently left academia and librarianship to work with the Canadian based technology firm behind 1Password, AgileBits. 1Password is a password management software used by over 40,000 firms.