As one of my blog posts for my “Knowledge Is Power” website I created a brief overview of the importance of protecting passwords and managing them in a secure manner. After writing that post I created 2 more posts on installing and using Password Corral – a very simple but effective password management program. Too often people think that it’s okay to use the same password on every account they have online, but the problem with that is that if someone gains access to the 1 password, they now have access to all accounts and it’s just a matter of guessing (or watching) which accounts someone uses so that they can access more of the information. One way to avoid this problem is to make sure that every account has a unique password, but this becomes very difficult to remember when the number of accounts someone has is more than a small handful. I personally have over 75 accounts online, roughly 25 of which are work related, 25 are school related, and 25 are personal (utilities, e-mail, social media, etc.). It’s nearly impossible for me to memorize 75 different passwords, and using 1 password for every account is a bad idea, so having some way to manage all that information is vital. This article I wrote walks through how a Password Management program can be used effectively to keep passwords safe while still allowing you to access them without having to memorize everyone of them.
This project meets the requirements for Standard 4 by:
- advocating, modeling, and teaching safe password protection/management.
- using OpenSource software to address user needs (password management).
- modeling respect for copyright through attribution of images to the artists.