This is the second of two blog posts on password protection. Read Part 1: Create strong passwords and protect them. Whether or not you should know all of your kids’ passwords depends on their age, how responsible they are, and your parenting values. However, kids of any age and responsibility level need to know how to create strong passwords and how to protect those passwords.
Sharing is great, but not with passwords
Your kids should never give their friends their passwords or let them log on to their accounts. Also, be careful sharing your passwords with your kids.
3 strategies for strong passwords
- Length. Make your passwords at least eight (8) characters long.
- Complexity. Include a combination of at least three (3) uppercase and/or lowercase letters, punctuation, symbols, and numerals. The more variety of characters in your password, the better.
- Variety. Don’t use the same password for everything. Cybercriminals can steal passwords from websites that have poor security and then use those same passwords to target more secure environments, such as banking websites.
For more information, see Help kids create and protect their passwords.