Passwords

Passwords are the key to almost everything you do online and you undoubtedly have multiple passwords that you use throughout each day.  Therefore, creating strong passwords and managing them securely is fundamental to the safety of all students, staff, and families.

Staff can reset their own network, Microsoft 365, and/or GSuite passwords, as well as those of their students.  Click on the links below to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I create the same password for all my students?


Providing your students all the same simple password (ex. pass) means that every student’s account is vulnerable. Other students can then access any student’s account and delete all their files or assume their identity when engaging in malicious or inappropriate online activities. All students, even primary students, should be provided with a unique password (as the teacher you can write it on a card for them for reference if they forget). A helpful tool to create simple, but unique passwords for younger students is dinopass.com.




Can I share my password with others?


We highly recommend that you do not share your password with anyone. You probably wouldn’t give your ATM card and PIN to a stranger and then walk away. So, why would you give away your username and password? Your login credentials protect information as valuable as the money in your bank account. Nobody needs to know them but you—not even the Learning Technology Department. If someone is asking for your password, it’s a scam.




Can I use the same password with different accounts?


While you are able to reuse a password across multiple accounts, this practice can make you extremely vulnerable to hackers (ex. if one of your accounts is compromised, all your other accounts that use the same password are too). Many phishing scams involve a hacker getting your password for one account and then turning around and trying to use that same password for other services (ex. banking) knowing than many people unfortunately use the same password for multiple online services.




What do I do if I am already using the same password across multiple accounts?


You should take the time to change your passwords so no two accounts make use of the same password. To help you in managing all your different passwords, consider using Google’s Password Manager, or a password management service like LastPass. Almost all password management tools provide suggested complex passwords that you can use so you do not need to memorize any of them. Note: If you make use of your Google account to remember your passwords across various sites, you can use Google’s password manager’s built in audit tool to check which sites are currently using the same password.




How long does my password need to be?


Complexity and length are important. The longer a password is, the better. Many people are starting to use passphrases (i.e. a password that consists of multiple words strung together) in order to have a longer and more secure password. Complexity is important too. Adding numbers and symbols is often a requirement for many accounts on the web (ex. for your SD23 network password you need to have a minimum of 8 characters and it must contain a capital letter, a lower case letter, a number, and a symbol).




How often should I change my password?


Recent research has shown that constantly having to change your password can lead to poor password practices (ex. such as writing it down on a sticky note and putting it under your keyboard). Therefore, as a district we do not require you to ever change your password. That being said, if your account is compromised you may have to change your password with the support of our Learning Technology Department. We also highly recommend you change your password any time you believe your account might have been compromised (ex. if you clicked on a phishing scam, if you are noticing unusual activity in your account, etc.).