A password is a secret phrase, word or combination of numbers that is used in order to protect
protect our devices and personal information from cyber-attacks. Many people’s passwords are not deemed secure enough as they use numbers such as ‘12345’ or names of family members. Often passwords can be reset by using an array of security questions such as ‘what was the name of your first pet?’ This information can be found out through conversation or even online quizzes that extract this information.
To teach students how to create a suitable password an activity on ‘how to generate a strong password’ can be used in the classroom.
- Have students think of a phrase
- Have students convert that phrase into a series of letters by using the first letter of each word in the phrase.
- Have them add in some numbers.
- A special character
- Uppercase and lowercase letters
- 12 characters long.
Students can then discuss what tools they used to make their passwords stronger and what adaptations they can use to improve the strength. *remind students to not use these passwords generated in class as they have been discussed with classmates*
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