Privacy Basics: Passwords, Tracking, and Data Retention

Learn how to safeguard your privacy online and develop an awareness of how companies and governments track and collect your data online.

Learning Objectives

Learners will understand Web mechanics, security, and privacy as they analyze and reflect on common surveillance practices, as well as their own privacy habits.

Passwords

Passwords Agenda

Understanding Security

Learners will evaluate strong and weak passwords and develop their own strategies for creating secure passwords, learning about security and privacy.

Testing Password Strength

Understanding Security

Learners will look at leaked passwords to identify weak password habits to avoid and then they'll test possible passwords using an online "password meter", learning about security and privacy.

Creating Strong Passwords

Understanding Security

Learners will use several different ways to create strong passwords, learning about security and privacy.

Avoiding Password Reuse

Understanding Security

Learners will see why re-using passwords is a bad idea and pick up strategies for avoiding that habit, learning about security.

Using Two-Factor Authentication

Understanding Web Mechanics

Learners will find out how two-factor authentication works to secure personal information online, learning about web mechanics and security.

Privacy

Privacy Agenda

Understanding Privacy

Learners will develop strategies to safeguard their information online and discover how to monitor websites that track their browser histories using cookies, learning about privacy.

If it’s Personal Offline, it’s Personal Online

Understanding Composing

Learners will watch a series of videos highlighting the importance of safeguarding personal, private information online, as well as offline, learning about privacy.

Spectrogram for Privacy

Understanding Composing

Learners will participate in a spectrogram activity to develop and discuss their own viewpoints on Internet privacy, learning about privacy.

Tracking cookies with Lightbeam

Understanding Privacy

Learners will use Lightbeam, an online privacy tool, to discover who is tracking them online while the browse the Web, learning about privacy.

Privacy Elevator Speech

Understanding Composing

Learners will write their own 30- to 60-second elevator speeches championing healthy data privacy habits online and share their pitches with others learning to participate on the Web, learning about privacy.

Data Retention

Data Retention Agenda

Understanding Privacy

Learners will understand how and why companies and governments collect metadata about Web users and evaluate their need for privacy against the pros and cons of data retention, learning about Web mechanics and privacy.

Data Retention: Pros and Cons

Understanding Privacy

Learners will understand how and why companies and governments collect metadata about Web users and evaluate users' individual needs for privacy against the pros and cons of data retention, learning about Web mechanics and privacy.

Follow Your Data Trail

Understanding Web Mechanics

Learners will understand how a large amount of data can be collected about individuals through their movement in the real and digital worlds, learning about Web mechanics and privacy.

Minding your Metadata

Understanding Web mechanics

Learners will understand how a large amount of data can be collected about individuals through their movement in the real and digital worlds, learning about Web mechanics and privacy.