It's your responsibility to protect your passwords so that other people cannot have access to your private files, your e-mails, and even your best kept secrets. Your students may not want to tell you their secrets; their passwords are their private information. Teach your students that their password(s) should not be easy to guess (eg. John should not use "John" as his password). Their birthday, telephone numbers, pet's name and the word "password" are also bad choices for password selection.

Here's a tip for you and your students; you may try an alphanumeric password, a password with letters and numbers in combination. It's safer but not harder to remember than a password with only numbers or letters (eg. "say10cheese" or "a1b2c3d4").

Do not write the password onto a piece of paper. Disabling the "remember password" function on the Internet browser can prevent any unauthorized access to your Internet account, and, of course, remember to modify your password periodically.