Create or find a classroom resource that teaches students about creating strong passwords, passcodes or passphrases.
After researching for helpful resources that Teachers can use, i came across the website “Powerful Passwords”, which actually offers a whole lesson plan on teaching students about the importance of strong passwords and how to create them. Some guidelines given straight from the website includes the following:
- DO make passwords eight or more characters long. (Longer passwords are harder to crack than shorter ones.)
- DON’T use dictionary words as your password. (Others could guess your password this way.)
- DO include letters, numbers, and symbols in your password. (It can be harder to guess passwords with this combination.)
- DO change your password at least every six months. (This way, even if someone does guess your password, they won’t be able to get into your account for long.)
- DON’T use private identity information in your password. (Others could guess your password this way.)
- DON’T use your phone number as your password. (Others could guess your password this way.)
- DON’T use your nickname as your password. (It could be easy for others to guess.)
- DO give your password to your parent or guardian. (They will help you remember it if you forget it.)
- DON’T share your password with your friends. (Even if you trust them, they might unintentionally do something that puts you or your information at risk.)
- DO create a password that you can remember. (It’s okay to create a random password, but keep in mind that it should be one that you can remember, or else it won’t do you much good.)
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