Password security tips

Ian Addison

Ian Addison is a primary school teacher and ICT co-ordinator. From September 2010, he has been responsible for the ICT at St John the Baptist Primary School, Waltham Chase, Hampshire.

From 2008-2010, Ian was seconded to work with Hampshire LA training teachers on using the VLE, Studywiz.

He has been an ICT Mark Assessor since October 2008 which involves him supporting and assessing schools that have decided to use the Becta Self-Review Framework for ICT.

In July 2010, Ian attended the Google Teacher Academy in London and is now a Google Certified Teacher. In July 2011, he completed the Google Apps certification process and is now a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer.

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Have you ever thought about the passwords that you use? Or that you give to your children?

In our school, to get on to the school network the children simply type their name without a password but for online services there are usually criteria to meet before a password can be allowed. Some services, such as Google Apps, require a secure password. So how do you get children to have a secure password but also to remember it too? What if the password needs to be over 8 characters long as well? That just makes it more complicated.

We started looking into this at school and came up with a few ideas.

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