Keeping Your Accounts Safe

Do Not Share Your Password

Passwords are a major defense against hackers, and developing good password practices will help keep your sensitive personal information and identity more secure.  Online activity using your account is tied to YOUR name.  This means inappropriate activity could get YOU into trouble. If someone else has your account information, they could use your account inappropriately, and there will be no evidence that it was not you. 


  • It is not difficult for someone to find your email address. If they know your birth date (also not hard to find or guess), they can get into your account and you are liable for what happens in YOUR account.
  • Change your initial password ASAP!
  • You can change your password at any time and also change it multiple times a year. Click HERE for instructions.

Tips for Developing Better Passwords

  • Good passwords should have at least 10 characters, include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Avoid common words; some hackers use programs that try every word in the dictionary.
  • Never use personal information (your name, children's names, dates of birth, etc.) that someone might already know or easily obtain.
  • If you believe your account has been compromised, change your passwords immediately.
  • Use different passwords (or at least a variety of passwords) for each online account you access.

Be sure to logout of your account(s) when you step away from ANY device

  • Click the Sign Out button on the Chromebook before closing the lid.
  • Log out of Chrome (three dots on the top right corner - Settings).
  • Log out of Google Apps (your avatar/name - logout).
  • Log out of Clever.

Check your account activity

Think someone is using your account? After changing your password, check your account activity:

  • Click on your name in the top right corner and click Google Account.
  • Click Security on the left.
  • You have two places to check: 
  • Recent security events - This will show any app, extension, or new login. 
  • Your devices - This will give you a list of all devices that have access to your account. Remove any suspicious devices.