Are passwords obsolete?
The image above is from an informative and thought-provoking infographic titled Your Password is Obsolete, by BackgroundCheck.org. One person cited in the infographic, Mat Honan of Wired.com, is convinced that passwords are nearly useless (see Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore). Keep in mind that these experts make their living either catering to people worried about identity theft or enticing us to read articles with provocative titles.
There’s no question in my mind that most of us could stand to be more careful with passwords, but I’m not sure that all hope is lost.
How should teachers respond?
- Set a good example – follow the advice in the image above as closely as you can manage
- Encourage your students to do the same
- If you’re not sure what “Scrub your online presence” means, see How To Erase Yourself From The Internet