Why do we have passwords?
Think of two or three reasons why you need to have strong passwords that are hard for other people to guess and why you should not share your passwords with other people. If you can, discuss it.
What are some of the non-electronic security devices that people use to protect their possessions from being stolen or used by others?
You might have suggested: a lock on a locker, house (keys), bicycle (locks) or a diary (you might just put it under your bed)
All these are things that you lock up so no one can either steal things or see things that are private to you. For years and years people have wanted to stop others seeing their private things.
It is the same online plus you have to make sure you are responsible for what is done online in your name.
From ancient times to fairly recently people sealed their important documents with a wax seal stamped with their own "seal" to stop people prying.
When you are using electronic devices can you think of, and write down, a couple of times or instances when you use a password?
Why do we need passwords anyway?
Passwords protect your online accounts from being stolen or used by others. The older you get, the more important password security will become to you. Choosing good passwords will help you protect yourself and your family online, keep your grades and work private, and protect your bank accounts and online store accounts when you get them. They can stop other people pretending to be you and then doing something bad online - and you get the blame if they do that.
If it was sent from your computer or phone - you could get the blame, this might damage your reputation or hurt people.Click on the "i" for more information.
What do you think could happen if someone got hold of your password? (tick all that apply)
- They would be able to "pretend" to be you online - and that could get you into big trouble and hurt your reputation.
- They could steal information that belongs to you and use that to get into other accounts and take data or money or copy your work.
- They could change your password and lock you out of your own account.
- They might find out things about me that I don’t want anyone else to know.