Have you struggled with remembering passwords; meeting requirements for a minimum number of letters, numbers, and/or symbols; or having to change passwords after a specified time period?
Christine McGuinness raised the question in an earlier discussion regarding tips for overcoming “password fatigue.” She wondered if “anyone has a system for passwords that they feel keeps their identity safe yet doesn't drive them crazy with trying to remember the log-ins to different sites.” She added one of her own tips—“use a word game to invent your password like what we used to call ‘pig latin’ where every word was written with the first letter moved to the end with the affix 'ay'. Oinggay otay hetay rocerygay toresay would be 'going to the grocery story. ‘ That would certainly get you a unique password!”
Several Community members have offered suggestions in previous posts:
I especially like Password Bird | Password Generator for creating new passwords.
What tips do you have for making passwords that are easy to remember and difficult to hack?
I use 3 different passwords, depending on the site. Financials get one phrase, personal another and the 'don't care if they ever get compramised'.
A phrase is assosicated with each.
Each one of these has a 'rotating' element, depending on which site I'm on.
So for example, if I have the password phrase:
"I will always love my dogs (thinkfinity)"
"I will always lave my dogs (community)"
My passwords would be:
I use the 8 for always because it can always be the infinity symbol. Now each site has it's own particular password, but I can sit at any computer and know how to log in. I just have to remember, 'I will always love my dogs', and boom, I'm in!
I actually use past/present license plate numbers because they're usually a combination of letters, numbers, and if you need a capital letter than make the first letter capital ... if you need a character other than a letter/number, add an excalamtion mark at the end!
You have a very good idea! Using numbers and words that just have meaning to you probably would stop password or identity theft. Most likely others would not think of the same combinations.
I'd like to invite you to check out the Bilingual group. It is called Recursos para docentes del castellano . This group's goal is to compile materials that can be useful to those who teach Spanish, as well as Hispanic culture and literature. This group is most interested in resources that are reliable and created for educational purposes to expand Spanish language proficiency, including all areas of the language, to help others achieve near native fluency as well as a deeper appreciation of the rich Hispanic cultural heritage. Our discussions sometimes also talk about teaching English Language Learners. This site is a bilingual site. This group is a project of EDSITEment.
Did you know "a recent study showed that any eight-character password using only lowercase letters can be cracked in two hours or less"?
Have you seen the article--"DAILY INSIGHT: Make your passwords safe"--published in School CIO Blogs by Tech & Learning (August 23, 2013)? With the start of a new school year, it's a good time for teachers and students to consider tips for creating good passwords to protect their data. The author says he likes to use a special character like the ~ (tilde) in passwords he creates. He includes a password guide from Microsoft.
Please share you words of wisdom regarding creating passwords.
Here's a few resources I used to give to my teachers when I was a tech facilitator. I especially love the Common Craft video:
1. Here is a great link with a video that illustrates how to create a strong password:
2. This link helps to explain why children should create and memorize their own passwords:
3. Lack creativity? No, problem. This site will generate a random password for you:http://www.passplex.com/
4. This link contains a list of Dos and Don’ts that you can share with your students:http://www.connectsafely.org/Safety-Tips/tips-to-create-and-manage-strong-passwords.html