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There's A World War Happening Online Right Now. And You Might Be A Mercenary In It.

Feeling a little meh about protecting your online life from hackers? Think you don't have much to hide? Turns out a weak password can accidentally make you a mercenary for malicious organizations and actions in real life. That means by not taking care with your online identity, you could be accidentally shutting down websites with strong independent voices, influencing political events, or silencing opposing voices in media around the world.First, watch this video about exactly how it works, then check out the map below to see where attacks are happening right this second.

There's A World War Happening Online Right Now. And You Might Be A Mercenary In It.

This crazy, overwhelming graphic is the path of hackers attacking servers of sites around the world in real time.


Want to prevent yourself from being an unwitting soldier in this weird underground war? Use strong passwords or start using a password recipe (yep, that's the advice we use here at Upworthy from our own Luigi Montanez) and browse more securely by using HTTPS Everywhere, for starters.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.