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Publication Date

June 20, 2023


Privacy and Safety Settings 

When was the last time you changed your passwords? If it was more than 90 days ago, your personal security might be at risk.

If you have one password that you use on all your devices and social media accounts, the consequences could be disastrous if something goes wrong. Remember that if someone gets your password, they will have access to everything – your device, all your photos, messages, and social media accounts. It is important that teachers and staff set a good example. We recommend that teachers prompt their pupils to change their passwords every 90 days or in line with school policy.

The global education sector saw a 29% increase in cyberattacks in 2021. Follow this simple guide of password do’s and don’ts.

Sharing this advice with pupils will prevent others from gaining access to their games, social networking sites and apps.

Do's and Don'ts

DO change your password frequently at least every 90 days.

DO disable stored passwords & clear those already stored on your computer.

DO use a different password for each account.

DO use a password manager (to help you remember them).

DO use long passwords as they are always stronger.

DO add complexity – numbers, symbols and Cap1t*l letters.

DO use 2-Factor Authentication (uses your mobile phone to verify access and prevent unauthorised logins).

DON’T reuse passwords or PINs for multiple accounts.

DON’T click yes when a site offers to ‘Remember your Password.’ If you do, all your passwords are stored in one place on your device, which provides ease of access for hackers.

DON’T use birthdays, quotes or pet names.

DON’T use anything people will associate with you – like your sports team.

DON’T share your passwords with friends.

DON’T ever store your password on a shared device.

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