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How safe are your passwords?

Introduction

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Conversation Summary

In today’s modern world of technology passwords are something which everybody needs to have, whether it be to access emails, social media or bank accounts. Most applications encourage you to use a password that is difficult for others to guess, but despite this some people continue to use passwords that are easy to guess making themselves susceptible to hackers.

Even with a secure password it can often be the case that even more security measures are preferred such as two factor authentication, where in addition to a password you are also sent a code to your mobile phone which you need to enter to login to your account.

Questions

  • How secure would you say your passwords are on a scale of one to ten, one being very weak and ten being very secure?
  • Why do you think people continue to use weak 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?

Key Vocabulary

  • Password noun
  • Account noun
  • Login noun
  • Log in phrasal verb
  • Log out phrasal verb
  • Hack verb
  • Hacker noun
  • Secure adjective
  • Weak adjective
  • Access verb
  • Susceptible adjective
  • Measure noun

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