All passwords need to be protected from our youngest students through high school as well as among our staff. What are the safest methods of protecting information?
Let’s talk about an important aspect of our everyday lives — passwords. All passwords need to be protected from our youngest students through high school as well as among our staff. What are the safest methods of protecting information? Is it the same for teachers and students?
Teachers have data stored on their devices and district cloud accounts that are crucial to protect. If you use a standard password for almost everything, consider setting up two-factor authentication. In most districts, teachers can manually change their password from time to time. If the district does not allow teachers to change their password, request it.
The best passwords for students are those generated in the admin console. Typically they include the students’ ID, making it easy for them to remember but too long for others to figure out. Starting in about 5th grade, students can be given the ability to change their passwords. This makes for a quick fix if a student thinks a password has been compromised. For young students, using a third-party application such as Clever or Classlink can provide students with the ability to scan a QR code to access single sign in.
This conversation makes me think about the entry level of protection for information. If someone can access our information with our login credentials, they are in. What do you recommend to help prevent this?
Fortunately, there are a number of actions teachers and students can take to keep their devices away from individuals lacking permission to access the device and its stored information.
The following are some ideas to enhance password protection. Using only one isn’t as secure as using several.