February 01, 2015 Family Activity
Theme: Protecting Passwords
Password protection is important for individuals and families. Parents should know the passwords of their children’s media devices. Here are some tips to help parents guide their family’s password choices.
Teach your children to never give a password to anyone in person or online, especially not in an email.
Do not place a written copy of a password anywhere near your computer. Figure out a family safe place where you as parents can store the passwords–or, if possible – never write down any passwords; it is best to commit them to memory.
Do not use passwords based on personal information (login name, birthdate, address, phone number, middle name, pet's name, etc.).
To make your password harder, use a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols (from the top row of the keyboard, like !@#$%^&*()+=) .
Change your password regularly.
Remember your secret answer. In the future, you might forget your password, but your password protection question/answer needs to something that you can remember for years to come.
Don't use the same password for all your online accounts. Try to use different passwords.