Answer to question: “Create or find a classroom resource that teaches students about creating strong passwords, passcodes, or passphrases.”
We all know the importance of using strong passwords. I found many resources about creating strong passwords, passcodes, or passphrases. There are some best practices that we can use to teach our students as follows:
- Do not use numbers or letters in sequential order. For example: do not use 1234, qwerty, jklm, 6789, etc.
- Do not include your birth year or month/day of birth in your password because hackers can easily find this information through a digital footprint.
- When creating your password, at least eight letters, numbers, and symbols should be used. The more characters you put in your password and the longer it is, the more difficult to guess. Your password should be a one-of-a-kind combination of upper- and lowercase letters, numerals, and symbols.
- In your password or passphrase, combine different unconnected terms. It can prevent the dictionary attack or even brute-force attack.
- Do not use names or words found in the dictionary because a dictionary attack can easily crack into your system.
- To keep track of your passwords, use a password manager.
- Do not reuse your passwords
Besides that, you should never include in your passwords the following information:
- Your pet’s name.
- Your birthday or that of family members.
- Any words related to your hobby, job, or interests.
- Part of your home address including, city/town, street, house/apartment number, or country.
- Your name or the name of a family member.
We can also teach our students the efficiency of strong passwords by explaining different kinds of password attacks such as brute-force, dictionary, and phishing attack…
We can use https://tryhackme.com learning system to practice these techniques.
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