Calendar

Apr
6
Sat
2024
2024 Gloucester Daffodil Festival @ Main Street
Apr 6 – Apr 7 all-day

The 2024 festival is scheduled for April 6th and 7th on Gloucester’s Main Street.

 

https://www.daffodilfestivalva.org/

Apr
23
Tue
2024
National Email day
Apr 23 all-day

A day to recognize email is long overdue. Email has changed virtually every facet of society. To celebrate the beauty of this technology, we invite you to acknowledge Email Day every year.

National Email Day, on April 23, is an initiative of the leading email verification and validation tool, ZeroBounce. The company chose the date of April 23 as a salute to Ray Tomlinson, known as the inventor of email.

May
2
Thu
2024
World Password Day
May 2 all-day

Still using your cat’s name followed by an “&” for your 401(k) account password? Sorry, but that’s just not enough to protect your life savings in 2019. Here’s a term you need to know on World Password Day:

This refers to adding strong authentication to your important passwords to prevent identity theft and other cybercrimes.

Intel created World Password Day — the first Thursday of May (May 4) — to address the critical need for solid passwords. It’s simple, really. Most operating systems offer an easy way to create and store passwords. Apple’s “Keychain Access” is one example. You can also go online to generate passwords which are practically hacker-proof.

In other words, “e9UBct*35TwhT&p/’e{:y}” is the new “MisterWhiskers.”

WHEN IS WORLD PASSWORD DAY 2023?

Strengthen your passwords to keep your data safe on World Password Day, which takes place on the first Thursday in May — May 4 this year.

HISTORY OF WORLD PASSWORD DAY

Secret Organizations, like the Masons and other fraternal organizations, also often asked for passwords before letting you through the door.

World Password Day creates awareness about the importance of strong passwords, and why everyone should change their passwords once every few weeks. One compromised password can put our digital identities and personal information at risk.

Strong and secure passwords are crucial, especially now that most of our work is done online. It is better to have complex and unique passwords, which are not easy to guess. It happens to the best of us; as much as we try to convince ourselves that no one will be able to guess our passwords, professional hackers can guess them in seconds! Even if a strong password is in place, it should be changed once every few weeks, or even months. This way, even if your passwords are leaked in a data breach, a new, stronger password can avert access to your personal information.

Sadly, despite knowing the risks, not many people are habitual about frequently changing their passwords. Take World Password Day as your cue to immediately change the passwords of your emails, social media accounts, and most importantly, accounts storing your personal information.

In 2005, Security Researcher Mark Burnett suggested that everyone should have their own “password days” when they change their passwords. He outlined this idea in his book “Perfect Passwords,” which inspired the company Intel to create a worldwide observance. The first Thursday in May was declared World Password Day and it was observed for the first time in 2013.

May
22
Wed
2024
Anniversary of the Invention of Ethernet
May 22 all-day

Also, the release date of Pac Man in 1980.

May
27
Mon
2024
CLOSED: Memorial Day
May 27 all-day

Franktronics will be closed for Memorial Day.

Jul
4
Thu
2024
CLOSED: July 4th
Jul 4 all-day

Franktronics will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday.

Aug
12
Mon
2024
IBM/PC Day
Aug 12 all-day

On this day in 1981, IBM introduced the Model 5150 personal computer.

Sep
2
Mon
2024
CLOSED: Labor Day
Sep 2 all-day

Franktronics will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday.

Nov
28
Thu
2024
CLOSED: Thanksgiving
Nov 28 – Nov 29 all-day

Franktronics will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday and Friday.

Nov
30
Sat
2024
Computer Security Day
Nov 30 all-day

How to Celebrate Computer Security Day
The most obvious way to celebrate Computer Security day would be to focus on ensuring that your computer, your devices, and the data you have in the cloud are all secure. One very important thing to do for your online security is to have strong passwords and keep them updated regularly, as this reduces the chances of your personal data falling into the wrong hands. If you aren’t the sort of person who’s good at coming up with strong passwords (and let’s be honest, some of us aren’t), then there are a number of password managers which you can choose from to generate random passwords and also save them so you don’t have to remember.

One strategy is to mix upper and lowercase letters with symbols, as this can be harder to guess and also difficult to hack – and passwords increase in difficulty the longer they are. Surprisingly, it doesn’t seem that everyone would think to do this, because “123456” and “password” have remained the two most popular passwords for years now. And don’t use the same password over and over for every online account you have – this ensures that if someone manages to get into one of your accounts, then they can access all of your accounts. Bad idea. So make strong passwords, don’t recycle them, and update them regularly.

Another thing which you can do to celebrate Computer Awareness Day is to update all of your spyware and malware protection software. Follow up with thorough scans, and you should have a more secure computer or device as an end result. While you may be aware that computers require such protection, you should also remember that your other devices such as tablets and smartphones are also vulnerable to malware and spyware – so take the necessary measures to keep them secure. And if you still have a computer running the outdated Windows XP or Vista, you should be aware that this creates huge security vulnerabilities for you. So upgrade your OS or your device. For the rest of us with more contemporary operating systems, it’s still important to install the regular security updates in order to stay safe.

You can also observe Computer Security Day by encrypting all of your files and backing them up. Your device should give you the option to encrypt all of your files (this is typically found amongst the settings), and then it’s your choice whether to go for a physical device such as an external hard drive or USB drive or for any of the numerous online cloud storage options. Many of these offer encrypted storage, and while Google’s Drive is probably the best-known, it’s far from the only player in the field. And most of the cloud storage options are free up to a certain limit.

So remember Computer Security Day, and observe it in whatever way you can because online safety and security are important things. But maybe you’re a Luddite, and don’t interact with computers and smartphones in any way at all, whatsoever – then how did you come across this article? See, you are using a computer or another device. But is it secure?