When you first log in to the Learning Platform with your child, you will need to enter a new password. There is a strength policy in place, so the Learning Platform will expect a 'strong' password to be entered (as you enter it, an indication will be given of how strong it is). Passwords are tricky to remember for a reason - they need to be tough, or rather impossible, for someone else to work out, otherwise security is compromised. Below are some tips to help you choose and remember a strong, secure password.
The Learning Platform password must be a minimum of 6 characters, and should include lower and UPPER case letters, as well as numbers and/or symbols.
The very best passwords are formed of random strings of characters though, naturally, these are the most difficult to remember!
You should avoid using passwords that are formed by all or part of your name, a family name, or even a pet’s name! Try also to avoid using all or part of your birthdate, telephone number, address or any other personal details that could be worked out. Similarly, passwords based on objects nearby, e.g., ‘telephone’, ‘computer’, ‘keyboard’ etc., are all easily guessable. It goes without saying that ‘password’, ‘letmein’ or ‘opensesame’ are off limits too!
Never use a password based on your username, account name, computer name or e-mail address.
Forming a 'strong' password
Random words work well, but combinations of two or more random words are even better. Combining them with a number, symbol or both is even more secure and, in the case of the learning platform, necessary. Let's start with a simple two-word example:
This now needs capitals and numbers/symbols adding
A password becomes even more secure if you split each word in half, then recombine them in a different order.
‘Thread’, ‘Acrid’ and $64 could be combined to form ‘ThrAc$ead64rid’. The trick is to remember how you split them!
Once your password is chosen, PRACTICE IT! Practice typing it, practice saying it, until it becomes second nature! It's best if you can avoid writing it down, but if you must, store it away from your computer, somewhere not too obvious.
When you enter the new password, the Learning Platform will indicate whether it meets the strength requirements and will not allow you to progress if it does not. If you would like us to help you with any part of this process, please pop in to school to speak to Mr. Povey or Miss Rendle.