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Growing up before the age of the internet and social networks has left many older users unprepared for risks looming in the virtual world. From that perspective, today’s kids are lucky, as the best cybersecurity practices, such as good password hygiene, are at hand. So, if you are not exactly the most security savvy of parents, try our password essentials. Here’s the short version:
The theory might sound pretty straightforward, but the real world is not. Multiple surveys have shown that an average user has tens of passwords for an even higher number of accounts, which makes managing them according to the aforementioned rules very difficult. For a child, this might be even more frustrating, as he/she might be setting up multiple accounts throughout his/her teens.
However, there are strategies to stay safe and make things more convenient for their young minds. The first thing that can help are passphrases. Despite the fact that they need to be longer than passwords, they have the great benefit of being easy to remember.
Just make sure your child avoids the obvious choices, such as very famous quotes from fairy tales, movies or books. Apart from that, it can pretty much be any sentence they can come up with. To raise the level of safety, help them incorporate some of the approaches above – peppering the passphrase with some punctuation, numbers, upper or lower case letters and by using spaces.
Another way to go is to use a reputable password manager. It lets your kids store all their passwords in one place – without the need to remember them all. They only need to keep one of them in mind, one that will allow them to unlock the entire database of the app.
How else do you protect your passwords, as well as that of your children? Let us know in the comments.
Author Ondrej Kubovič, ESET