Back to School Safety

Back to school safety

School is once again in session, and with its return, children are walking, running and biking their way back to class. As they begin a new school year, this is a good time for a reminder that driving cautiously near children is everyone’s responsibility.

Before placing the transmission in gear, are you sure there are no little ones in front or behind you? Children will be moving along sidewalks, waiting at or near bus stops, and passing by driveways throughout many neighborhoods around the country. They might even be near your vehicle. Be sure to check the area around your vehicle to make sure it’s clear before taking it out of park.

Well known for their swiftness, children can sometimes move unexpectedly, and they don’t always cross the street in marked intersections. Slow down in residential neighborhoods and school zones. Scan sidewalks to see if a child is about to walk into the street. Plan for sudden movements by remaining alert to your surroundings.

Children are depending on you this school season to help keep them safe. Don’t let them down.

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What’s Your Password?

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Keeping passwords safe is sometimes trickier than some would like it to be. As undesirable as changing a password is every so often, it’s a necessity many organizations require of their employees, and with good reason. That includes computers used by postal employees.

Changing passwords periodically isn’t just about keeping sensitive information out of the hands of those who would abuse it. It’s also about preventing access to systems that others may want to sabotage. Security protocols are only as good as the weakest link in a chain. If one of these links is accessed by an outside influence that wants to cause harm, then the entire system is compromised.

Choosing a password that might be cumbersome and clunky is an advantage in preventing others from easily guessing it. A password such as “Klava42Aero8” might be more difficult to remember than “Password1234,” but it will also be far more difficult to crack as well.

In addition to choosing a more complex password, pick one that isn’t readily available on a Facebook page. Someone can boast about their dog Sparky to friends and family online, but leave the pooch out of a password. A determined hacker will find this information and generate permutations of it to figure out passwords. The same is true for the names of children, a desirable car, or a favorite sports team.

When it comes to password security, always err on the side of caution. Keep passwords awkward and never share them with others. Change them often for good measure. The security of the Postal Service network is in your hands.

What other examples of bad passwords have you come across?

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