Safe Passwords

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 10, 2020 and last updated on July 16, 2023

The topic of safe passwords is highly relevant for English learners as it not only enhances their language skills but also equips them with crucial knowledge for navigating the digital world securely. Exploring safe passwords allows learners to expand their vocabulary related to technology, cybersecurity and online privacy.

Furthermore, it fosters critical thinking and problem-solving skills as learners explore strategies for creating strong passwords and protecting their personal information. By engaging with this topic, English learners can improve their language proficiency while gaining practical skills to safeguard their online identities and maintain digital security.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Safe Passwords

In today’s digital landscape, safe passwords are essential for protecting personal information and maintaining online security. Safe passwords refer to strong and unique combinations of characters that are difficult to guess or crack. With the increasing prevalence of cyberattacks and identity theft, understanding how to create and manage safe passwords is crucial for individuals of all ages.

This topic explores the importance of safe passwords, tips for creating them, password management techniques and the role of password security in safeguarding sensitive data. Empowering individuals with knowledge about safe passwords is key to maintaining online privacy and security in the digital age.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • login (noun)
  • log in (phrasal verb)
  • log out (phrasal verb)
  • hack (verb)
  • hacker (noun)
  • susceptible (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • How secure would you say your passwords are on a scale of one to ten, one being very weak and ten being very secure?
  • How do you create a safe password? What are some tips you follow?
  • Why do you think people continue to use weak passwords?
  • What are some common mistakes people make when creating passwords?
  • How do you think hackers find out what your user details and passwords are?
  • Have you ever had an account hacked? If yes, what did you do about it?
  • What do you think is the most secure way to manage your passwords?
  • Have you ever forgotten a password? How did you recover it or regain access to your account?
  • Should websites and online platforms enforce stricter password requirements to ensure user security?
  • Should password sharing between trusted individuals be allowed in certain situations?
  • Is two-factor authentication (2FA) an effective and necessary security measure for all online accounts?
  • Is it possible to create a password that is both secure and easy to remember?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.