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Protect Yourself: Advice for keeping your computer accounts safe - Harrisburg Academy


- Protect Yourself: Advice for keeping your computer accounts safe:
 
From the chair I sit in, I routinely observe evidence of malicious computer hacking and cyber crime. What was once unheard of is now fairly common, and stands only to become worse. One of the most recent big data breaches occurred at Adobe where 3 million customers had their information stolen. The fallout from this unfortunate event is only starting, but will most likely lead to negative consequences for many people. It doesn’t have to be this way.
 
Recently, Fred Langa, of Windows Secrets Newsletter, wrote an excellent article on what to do if you discover that you are the victim of cyber crime. Most importantly, he describes the steps to take to help prevent such a disastrous event. Most data breaches of this nature are so dangerous because many people use the same login and password for many (or all!) of their online accounts. If one is stolen, the thief knows how to access all of those accounts. No one can be expected to remember every account password, so several methods have been developed over the past several years to help:
 
1. Let your browser remember the passwords for non-critical web sites where banking information such as credit card numbers are not requested or saved. Your password is saved on your PC in an encrypted form and is relatively safe. The next time you visit the site, the browser fills in the password for you.
 
2. Use a password manager. This is a stand-alone program that lets you store all your passwords, and provides the capability of generating new, highly secure passwords for you. These run on most every platform, including Android, iOS, Mac and Windows.
 
- A Blueprint for the Academy's Future:
 
In creating the model for our strategic planning, the administration made a few key decisions. First, we endeavored to engage our entire school community in the process. This approach allows all Academy community stakeholders, as well as friends of the Academy, to provide feedback. We also decided to shorten the strategic planning timeline from five years to just three. This allows the Academy to more quickly adapt and react to the rapidly changing educational world in which we function.
 
At the core of the strategic planning process is our Planning Committee, made up of trustees, parents, faculty, and administrators. This group attends each of the strategic planning meetings and engages in the many group conversations that generate a whole host of innovative ideas and suggestions.
 
Our first few strategic planning meetings have resulted in thought-provoking conversations and creative ideas. Each week the dynamics are different, as new parents and community members join the discussion. By using one broad question each week, the meetings become our own Academy "think tank," as multiple groups wrestle with the same question but come up with radically different feedback. The five guiding questions used in our strategic planning model are as follows:
 
How do we achieve the long term enrollment goals at the Academy?
What internal improvements and partnerships with other organizations (including global ones) can be made to the academic, extracurricular, and co-curricular programs to provide an experience of excellence for our students? (April 24)
 
How does the Academy best demonstrate its value to parents, alumni, and the greater Harrisburg community? (April 30)
 
How does the Academy achieve the goals of our new Comprehensive Campaign and continue to build a culture of philanthropy? (May 15)
 
How does the Academy attract, cultivate, and retain its most talented faculty to achieve the mission of Harrisburg Academy and provide our students with the 21st century skills they need? (May 22)
 
Please join us for our two final conversations. Don't miss your chance to have your fingerprint on the blueprint for the Academy's future.
 
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