Is your intellectual property secure?
According to Microsoft Research, "The average user types in an average of eight passwords every day. They have six or more passwords, each of which is shared across four or more sites or apps that require passwords."
It is no wonder that teachers tend to pick common passwords, reuse them, store them insecurely, and forget them.
Do you select a weak password?
Most passwords today have to be a combination of capital and lowercase letters and numbers. Samples of weak passwords might include: Password1, welcome, qwerty1234, Jane123.
What is a strong password?
Take a phrase such as Mary had a little lamb and use the first letters of each word, mhall. Now, substitute a capital letter or symbol and add a number. Stronger password might be Mh@ll435.
Selecting a strong, complex password to log in to an application from a smartphone or tablet requires an educator to switch between multiple on-screen keyboards in order to enter the required upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Often teachers leave their device and its applications unlocked, do not use a password or PIN to lock their smartphone or tablet, or leave applications permanently logged in unless they are required by the application to log in every time...all poor practices.
Do you scribble passwords on a sticky note and store them on the side of your device or in a text file on your device?
Microsoft Research says, "40% of users write passwords down or store them in a simple text file."
Do you forget your password and have to request a reset?
Butterflies and passwords have a lifecycle that morphs with time. Analyze the lifecycle of your passwords.
What tips can you share to secure your intellectual property, smartphone, or tablet?