A recent dust-up at an elementary school provides a valuable lesson about good password management:
Don’t leave important passwords written down where they’re easy to find.
Police were called after teachers in Falls Church, VA, discovered someone had changed the passwords they used to access their school’s Blackboard system, a communication tool for teachers, parents and students.
Despite initial fears the system was targeted by a hacker, it turned that a nine-year-old had simply stolen one teacher’s password off her desk, ComputerWorld reports. The teacher’s account had administrative rights, which the child used to change the passwords of other teachers.
IT departments face the tough task of convincing users to choose strong passwords, without writing them down is easy-to-see places.
One recommended method to creating a complex password that’s easy to remember:
Start with a base word that you won’t forget. Then add at least four additional characters. Those characters can then be written down (without the base word) and stored somewhere.