How Strong Are Your Passwords?

Strong Passwordsby Kerry & Stacy of SociallySafe www.sociallysafe.ca

Just about every social media platform, email account, youtube etc all want you to sign up and give a password as your security in order to join that network or platform. You can even put passwords onto your phones so that before anyone can go on they have to unlock the phone to use it.

We love the idea of passwords, it helps to protect you and keep your accounts private so that just you can access them. A few things to keep in mind when setting your accounts up you want to use strong passwords. Research is done every year and it shows us that the most common passwords used are ‘password, & 123456.’ If you are reading this and those happen to be your passwords, we’d suggest you finish reading our blog and then go and update your passwords.

Passwords are something that should be kept private between you and your parents or trusted adult. It is VERY important that your parents/trusted adult have your passwords. Not so they can spy on you but so they can help to keep you safe online. Even as much as you love your BFF you don’t want them to have access to your personal social media accounts, email or phones. Hard to imagine but even as a joke friends can change your passwords and then you are locked out of your accounts. We hear of this happening all the time….imagine you lend your friend you phone, she borrows it and when she has it she changes the password without you knowing or realizing until you go to use it. What starts as a joke may not end up being so funny when you can no longer access your phone or your social media pages and what would happen if others started to post on your pages things you didn’t believe in or that weren’t true. Or emails or text messages were sent to people without your knowledge from your account as you the sender. How would you feel then, what would you do?

When setting up your social media accounts and creating passwords you want to :

  • Use minimum of 8 characters ….more is better
  • Use both upper and lower case
  • Use numbers & special characters/symbol (ie question mark, dollar sign)
  • Use passwords that you will remember that others will not know or be able to guess
  • Do not use personal information like your birthdate as your password
  • You can use acronyms for phrases that have meaning to you ~be creative, you can even use the first line of your favourite song or book (ie #SSsmItB2F meaning #SociallySafe social media Is the Best to Follow)
  • Never send or post your passwords
  • Use different passwords for different accounts, if one gets hacked you don’t want all your accounts accessible
  • Change your passwords regularly to avoid them being hacked be sure to give the new passwords to your parents/trusted adult
  • If accounts allow you to set up a dual layer of security do it for example adding another email and a phone number

A final thought if you use public wifi be careful of what sites you are going to access and opening up links and platforms using your passwords. Public wifi tends not to be secure thus making you an easier target for hacking. As always we want you to have fun on social media use it for good, post positive and be #SociallySafe

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