When companies with some of the best devs in the world reveal security and password issues, it soundly reinforces the need for a password strategy like a password manager, and reveals how ill-equipped most users are to preserving their privacy.

This is an image from the password reset notice from Twitter. It is decorative.

How many people do you know that use the same password for everything, including their banking info? How many who use multiple passwords store them in unprotected Notes apps, or written on post its?

How many times have you told students to use the same password they use for other things when signing up for a new tool, prioritizing remembering above safety? I know I have.

What does password management look like for elementary students, on shared devices, and how do we instill the concept of a different password for everything, knowing the question of a breach is not ‘if’, but ‘when’. How do we give them the skills to be better than us?

Tools like password managers seem to be one of the few strategies to allow this and keep one’s sanity, but the costs don’t scale when you are talking about a school board full of students.

Will password management eventually be recognized as a social necessity, leading to the emergence of open source responses akin to initiatives like Mozilla and  Let’s Encrypt? How robust are password managers in tools like Firefox?

Lots of questions, and a few password I need to go change.

Published by jarbenne

Jared Bennett is the Student Information System Consultant at Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.

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