Online Safety – 05/10/23 – Passwords

Strong passwords are key for anyone to keep their information secure and device protected. Educating children on the importance of strong passwords should begin as soon as they start using devices to log in to accounts. Passwords can be hacked through a number of ways both virtually, such as phishing or by physically seeing a password being entered such as over someone’s shoulder. It is therefore also vital to remind children that passwords are private and should only be shared with a parent or trusted adult. Some tips for creating strong passwords are:

  • Use a mixture of numbers, symbols, and capital letters
  • Make your password as long as possible.
  • Change your passwords at least four times a year.
  • Avoid personal information in your password.
  • Avoid clicking ‘yes’ when a website offers to remember your password. Instead, you could install a verified password manager.