I am a little behind, but I just watched Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet (the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph) and loved it. Now, I know that animated children’s movies aren’t necessarily everyone’s thing, but hear me out on this one: the main point of the movie is acknowledging your insecurities and fixing them.
Spoilers ahead. I try not to explain every detail, but you’ve been warned.
Vanellope (a candy-kart racer in a game called Sugar Rush) is bummed out by all the day-to-day repetition, so Ralph tries to cheer her up by building a new track in her game. Through a series of events, the wheel to the Sugar Rush game is broken. The cost to replace it is too high and Mr. Litwik, the arcade owner, unplugs the game, leaving the Sugar Rush racers homeless.
Earlier that morning, the arcade owner had plugged in a WiFi router. Ralph, from overhearing some kids in the arcade, knows he can find the replacement steering wheel online from eBay. Thus, begins the adventure to the internet.
SIDE NOTE: We get a brief aside with Mr. Litwik as he sets up his router. His password is highsc0re. That is a horrible password! We suggest using a passphrase that is easy to remember but hard for someone else to guess. A better password could be W1nnerplayer#3highsc0re. And, Mr. Litwik plans on letting customers use his WiFi, he should really set up a guest account and change the password frequently.
Something I really appreciate about Ralph Breaks The Internet is the visualization of the internet. Ralph and Vanellope follow the digital representation of Mr. Litwik by getting encapsulated into packets. (Packets carry data. Everything on the internet is in a packet.) When they arrive at the internet they see that it is massive! They find and use a search engine to locate eBay, find the steering wheel, and bid an outrageous amount: $27,001.00. These are just two video game characters! Where are they going to get that kind of money??
Along the way, they meet a pop up, by the name of JP Spamley, who introduces them to “loot-hunting” (finding items in games that people on the internet want to buy).
When the video game characters from Slaughter Race (Shank and her crew) stop them, this plan fails. Shank then gives them an alternative by making Ralph into a viral internet sensation on Buzzztube (a YouTube-esque website). Ralph’s videos earn hearts, and hearts equal real money. Ralph’s silly videos make enough money to complete the eBay transaction and save Sugar Rush! They can finally go home.
Surprisingly, Vanellope wants to stay online, specifically inside of Slaughter Race. It’s new and exciting and always changing. It’s everything she has been dreaming about. Ralph, of course, disagrees and is jealous that Vanellope likes Shank so much. This sends Ralph and his new acquaintance JP Spamley into the deep web (via elevator–great visual) to acquire an insecurity virus. Ralph then sets the virus loose in Slaughter Race, hoping to make the game so boring and slow that Vanellope will want to go home.
Unfortunately, the virus escapes and is set loose on the internet. The virus scans Ralph’s insecurity (about losing his friend and being jealous) and duplicates it all over the internet. So there are now an army of zombie-like Ralphs, which form into a giant Ralph, who is chasing after Vanellope.
The real Ralph has to stop the monster Ralph by acknowledging and repairing his insecurity.
How does this help us with our own security?
No one who is online is 100 percent secure and protected. We all have insecurities (at least the digital kind). But just as Ralph must discover and repair his own insecurities, we can too can examine our own security status and do everything possible to make ourselves as secure as possible. We do this by having unique passwords on every account. By making sure we understand and update privacy settings frequently. By using VPNs and anti-virus software and keeping systems up to date.
If we consistently practice good security online, we can greatly reduce the risk of an infection. Hope this encourages you to watch Ralph Breaks The Internet and to review your own internet security practices. Please, just don’t break the internet!
The Security Awareness Company, LLC is not affiliated with the film “Ralph Breaks the Internet” or The Walt Disney Company.
(Photo credit: Walt Disney Pictures)
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