As a parent, you want to make sure that your kids are fully prepared before the first day of school. Aside from clothes, shoes, and school supplies, a brand-new laptop or smartphone might be on your back-to-school shopping list. Before you purchase that laptop or smartphone for your child, take a look at our list of the top ten most popular kids’ websites with safe password practices.
To make our list, we examined each website’s password requirements, including minimum required password length, the complexity of required passwords, and whether or not these sites employ safeguards, such as sending account creation emails, and providing on-screen password strength assessments. Check out which sites made our list below.
Apple takes the top spot on our list because it deploys a host of security measures to ensure that your kids create strong passwords. For example, the site requires a user to create passwords that have a minimum length of eight characters, include upper and lowercase letters, and at least one number. Also, Apple passwords can’t use spaces, and won’t accept logins using the same character three times in a row, your Apple ID, or a password you’ve used within the last year.
Snapchat, the popular image messaging app, comes in second our list for strong password requirements. The app requires a user’s password to be at least eight characters long, and it will not accept commonly overused passwords, including “password” or “12345678”.
We should also note that Tumblr also made our top 10 list, despite its 2013 data breach, which lead to the May 2016 massive data dump of 65 million login credentials. Although hackers couldn’t read the encrypted passwords, Tumblr took extra security precautions by requiring all of its users to change their account passwords. Another reason Tumblr made our list is for its unique security safeguards that protect its users, including “Active Sessions”, a feature that displays a list of browsers and locations that have accessed your account over the past 30 days, allowing users to enable Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to create an encrypted link between a browser and web server, and supporting two-factor authentication (2FA).
To make sure your kids browse the web safely on their new smartphone or laptop device, we recommend teaching them how to adopt these three secure password habits:
- Use a unique password for every account. This ensures that even if one of their accounts is compromised, then their other accounts won’t be left vulnerable to an attack.
- Make your passwords long and strong. At a minimum, your kid’s passwords should be at least eight characters long, and includes a random combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Better yet, have your children use Dashlane’s Password Generator to make strong passwords without any hassle.
- Change password regularly. Similar to the case at Tumblr and, even more recently, MySpace, some data breaches take years to discover. To make sure your kid’s digital identity and online accounts aren’t vulnerable to old breaches, teach them to change their passwords at least twice a year. They can also use Dashlane’s Password Changer to easily change multiple passwords on hundreds of the world’s top websites in a snap.
Now, we want to hear from you! What advice would you give other parents or grandparents on how to protect their kids online before they go back to school? Tell us in the comments section below!