Task 4 Option 2


Not an explicit resource per se, but rather an activity/lesson that uses suggested resources to teach students about strong passwords, passcodes, and passphrases.

  • Before discussing password strength, challenge students (as a class) to come up with what they believe is an effective password
  • Enter the password into https://howsecureismypassword.net/ and write how long the password would take to be cracked on the board
  • Present and discuss CSER’s Password Tips as a class
  • Return to https://howsecureismypassword.net/ and challenge students (in small groups) to come up with what they believe to be an effective password
  • Write the corresponding, calculated hacking times on the board
    • Note any similarities or differences in the results, including when compared to the initial suggested password
  • Watch Powerful Passwords by RBC Cyber Security (https://youtu.be/IhlXtBNNuKs) and hold a short discussion about the points covered in the video
  • Return once more to https://howsecureismypassword.net/ and challenge students (individually) to come up with what they believe to be an effective password — explain that their aim is to create a (reasonable) password that would take the longest time to hack
  • Once students have their secure sample passwords, allow students to use https://howsecureismypassword.net/ to see how long the password would take to hack
    • This can be done by students handing in their passwords to be typed into the site via the teacher’s laptop, or using class computers/ipads
  • Note each student’s hack-time and compare results to announce a Password Champion who created the most secure, reasonably memorable password/code/phrase

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