TELL students to now read and discuss the “Smart Passwords?” scenarios about Jesse and Krystal, also in the Password Tips Student Handout.
DISCUSS Jesse’s password choice with students.
ASK: Did Jesse make a safe choice? Why or why not?
Jesse’s password is too obvious a choice, easily guessed by people who know him, and therefore not secure.
HAVE students identify the password tips Jesse’s password did and didn’t follow.
GUIDE students to discuss the scenario about Krystal.
ASK: How did Krystal choose her password?
She chose her password by combining part of her name (kr), her favorite activity (swim), and the numbers of her birth month (8) and day (4).
HAVE students evaluate Krystal’s password.
ASK: Was it a safe choice?
It is a safer choice because she used no complete personal identity information, and she combined at least eight letters and numbers.
ASK: What are some other password tips Krystal could follow?
Students can refer to the Password Tips Student Handout.
HAVE students follow the directions for the “You Try It” activity at the bottom of the handout. Invite them to write new passwords for Jesse and Krystal, then share their new passwords with the class. Write the new passwords on the board and ask students to share their suggestions for how Jesse and Krystal could remember them.