It’s time to spread cybersecurity awareness

Security & Privacy

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Europe and the United States.

The theme this year is “Our Shared Responsibility.”  And to illustrate how much we rely on each other to keep the Internet safe, we’re going ASCII, as we have before.

Here’s the plan

Turn your Facebook profile picture to an ASCII image to spread cybersecurity awareness.

What’s an ASCII image?

ASCII is the American Standard Code for Information Interchange, and ASCII Art was born out of the necessity in the pre-graphics era of computing.  Using the 95 printable characters on most computer keyboards, you can create a recognizable and unique image. Using ASCII is a tribute to the ingenuity that made the digital technological revolution possible.

How do I convert my profile image into ASCII art?

  1. Copy the Image Location of your profile picture.
    PC: Right click on the picture and select “Copy Image Location”.
    Mac: Hold down “Command” and click on the image. Select “Copy Image Address”.
  2. Go to an ASCII image generator. You can try the one at Glass Giant.com or TEXT-IMAGE.com.
  3. Take a screen shot of your ASCII image.
    PC: Hold down “Alt” and press the “Print Scrn/SysRq” button.
    Mac: Hold down “Command”, “Shift” and “4” and then use the crosshairs to select your image. More info here.
    (You may want increase or decrease your browser view to get the image right.
    PC: Press “Ctrl” and the “-“ or “+” button to change image size.
    Mac: “Command” and the “-“ or “+” button to change image size.)
  4. Paste the image into Photoshop, MS Paint or any image editing software.
  5. Select the image you want and save it in a new file as a jpeg (.jpg).
  6. Go to your Facebook profile. Click on your profile image. Click on “Change Picture” and then “Upload a Picture”. Select your ASCII image.

What then?

Post a message on your wall letting your friends know that you’ve gone ASCII for Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Link to http://www.staysafeonline.org/ or this page spread cybersecurity awareness.

Stay safe,

Sandra

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