These days we all have a heightened awareness of the importance of using strong passwords to protect the various online accounts we use. A change is coming shortly to Edsby which will require that all parent account passwords meet a new, higher strength requirement.
All new passwords created in Edsby will be prompted to follow these new guidelines. To ensure that all existing Edsby users have created strong passwords, when you log into your Edsby account, your password will be evaluated to assess its’ strength. If it doesn’t meet these new strength guidelines, you will be asked to select a new stronger password. This will ensure strong passwords for all users.
Creating a new password is easy. First, you need to enter your current password. Then you will need to enter your new password twice and press “Continue”. Edsby first checks to make sure your current password is correct and will let you know if it isn’t. Edsby next checks that the two entries of the new password are the same and will let you know if the two don’t match. Edsby will then assess the strength of the new password you’ve entered by checking the following criteria and provides a helpful error message if they fail:
- must be at least 8 characters in length
- Will support special characters (e.g: “# % *”) but does not require one
- Will support upper and lower case but not require one of each
- Cannot contain more than two sequential characters (e.g: “aaa” will not work)
- Cannot contain more than three ascending/descending characters in a row (e.g: “1234” or “abcd” will not work)
- Prohibits the use of commonly used passwords (e.g: “password”)
If your new password passes all these tests, then Edsby will replace your old password with the new one and log you into your account.
There are also resources on our website (www.yrdsb.ca) for parents on resetting passwords.
Here are some additional resources from Edsby around selecting a stronger password:
Choosing a Stronger Password