Password sharing can have a negative impact on a student’s college and employment opportunities. You may trust your BFF with juicy gossip and everything else, but the truth is that if your best friend has a bad day, they can then access your social media accounts.
Friends with your password can post an inappropriate post on your account that can negatively affect your future in a big way. Sharing your password not only gives your friend the ability to post on your behalf, but it also gives them access to all of your personal information.
Why should students care about password sharing?
- Sharing your password puts your physical and digital security at risk
- When you share your password you have no way of guaranteeing that the person you told won’t tell someone else
Why colleges & employers care
- More and more, colleges and employers are researching candidates’ digital footprints. If most of your online footprint looks positive but you have random negative posts, that can confuse colleges and employers. Candidates with clean online footprints are going to be favored over those who have random and negative results
- If it’s difficult to determine if you were the one to publish a post, colleges and employers might pass up on you because you don’t have a clear and solid online presence
- Remember: You are that person until proven otherwise
Example of a student sharing their password
The New York Times reported on a high school junior who gave her e-mail password to her first boyfriend. They should share everything, they are dating, right? Her boyfriend began reading all of her emails and found an email she had sent to another crush. He then forwarded the email to the whole school and embarrassed his girlfriend out of jealousy.
How sharing your password can be abused
- A hurt friend can try to embarrass you by sharing your email secrets
- Or, unlocking your phone and sending negative, inappropriate, or threatening text messages to your contacts
- As well as, going through your private messages
Why does this matter?
- Sharing your online life with a friend can have a negative effect on your friendship
- Anyone who has your password can change it and lock you out of your own account
- If your friend says they need your password in order to trust you, they are not your real friend. Tell your parent or teacher
- It might feel like you are strengthening your relationship with someone if you exchange passwords but in reality you’re not. Learning to have a positive and open dialog is going to have more of an impact on your relationship than sharing passwords ever will