By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin For a formatted. Never, ever give your password on Instagram, Snapchat, Xbox Live, Fortnite, email, or any similar service or cell phone unlock code to anyone—even a friend.
Anyone using one of these guessable strings of letters and numbers would be wise to change them immediately if they want to keep their information safe. Given the number of people still using common passwords despite dozens of high profile data breaches, Keeper said websites should be responsible for cracking down on easy-to-guess strings of letters and numbers. They warned that password cracking software can guess codes that are six characters long in seconds, especially if they use sequential keys.
But before you cringe at this seemingly naive behavior, wait. The heartbreak publically plays out in betrayal, revenge, cruel jokes, reputation damage, financial and identity theftand, sadly even sextortion. Boundaries matter.
TeenSafe, a company that offers phone monitoring services to parents, reportedly compromised the Apple IDs and passwords of tens of thousands of people. The data was accessible to anyone who found the Amazon Web Services AWS servers on which it was stored--no password required. Parents use TeenSafe to keep an eye on their child's location, view their browsing history, access call logs, and read messages.
Respect of privacy and intimacy are two values that must be taught and respected in the family. However, parents have the right and duty to look after their children's best interests. So, without obsessing about it, they have the right and duty to ask every once in a while as to the appropriate use of digital media.
TeenSafea service used by parents to monitor the online behaviors and phone activity of their children, allowed tens of thousands of accounts to leak online after failing to properly secure their servers. The exposed servers, which were first discovered by security researcher Robert Wigginscontained the email addresses of parents with TeenSafe accounts, as well as the email address associated with the Apple ID of their children. For the TeenSafe app to work, it requires two-factor authentication be disabled.
Being part of a group makes kids feel safe and protected during a time where they could be feeling very vulnerable. New research released by Intel Security shows that more than a quarter of Aussie kids aged know the passwords of others. Now, whilst there is an array of potential hair-raising activities that adventurous teens could be partaking in, sharing passwords is not something we can ignore.
Beyond reproductive rights and immigration lawspasswords were a great source of contention during the recent presidential election. When Wikileaks and Russian hackers gained access to the emails of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta's emails, it was a wake-up call not just for the security of the Democratic party, but the nation at large. This begs the question: When's the last time you changed your password?
Australia's Office of the eSafety Commissioner interviewed more than 3, young people aged eight to 17 about their online behaviour in the year to June for the State of play — youth, kids and digital dangers report. The report refers to a United States study that found password sharing is perceived by teens as one of the riskiest online behaviours. Despite this Aussie kids and teens are handing their passwords out to not only their parents but their brothers, sisters and friends.