Unit 4: Question 2

Q: Create or find a classroom resource that teaches students about creating strong passwords, passcodes or passphrases.

A: To understand how web security works, students in years 7-8 explain encryption is necessary to protect data being stored and transmitted over the internet (ACTDIP023). By years 9-10 they describe and apply practises to limit access control, authentication and permissions (ACTDIP034). Within the ICT capability it is expected that in secondary, students independently apply strategies to ensure the security and integrity of data is upheld.

Password: A password is a secret word or combination of letters or numbers (a string of characters) used for authenticating a user to give them the right to access information on a computer system. What are the most common passwords used on the Internet? Have a look at this list to see if your passwords are there – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_most_common_passwords.

In 2019, ‘123456’ was the most commonly used password with 23.2 million accounts using this easy-to-crack password! ‘Qwerty’ and ‘password’ were also used by more than 3 million accounts.

** What is a strong password? Strong passwords are the ones that are difficult to guess and often require a mix of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols. Strongest passwords require a minimum of 16 characters, however, a password between 8 and 16 characters is said to provide a good level of security.

Passphrase: A passphrase is similar to a password in usage, but it is longer and more secure. There are different guidelines to determine the length of a passphrase. Most passphrases have a minimum requirement of 14 characters. A passphrase can be a phrase that the user can easily remember but is difficult to be guessed by others. Passphrases can have upper and lower case characters, blanks and special characters. Some example passphrases are “I love ice cream and hot chocolate but not vegetable soup” or “#JumpinginpuddlesisFUN!”.

p/s: Pls make a strong password or passphrase to protect your data



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