Stealing Someone Else’s Password = Epic Fail


Discovering other people’s passwords is often easy to do. Sometimes a person’s password is so weak that it can be guessed in a matter of minutes. Other times the person may have foolishly shared their password, or they may have walked away from their computer without logging out of their accounts giving others a chance to look at their password. Sometimes a password is even stored by the computer or phone making it easy for those with malicious intent to collect at a later date.

There is a big difference in being able to discover a password and having the right to use it. In fact, using someone else’s password can carry criminal penalties. In the news this past week there was an article covering the criminal prosecution of a young man who used a girl’s password to gain access to her Facebook account.

This lesson, activities, parent and educator tips, and supporting resources are brought to you by the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe) and Cable in the Classroom.  You can find others in this series here, or at the iKeepCurrent website.

Originally posted November 30th 2011.


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