A Proposal to Further Secure BVSD Emails
In early August, BVSD updated all student account usernames, changing them to not include student IDs due to security concerns. This change made all of the usernames follow the form of first initial, middle initial, last name, and then two digits to avoid duplicates.
Unfortunately, many students are not educated about the serious threat of email-fraud, which is the cause of much daily stress throughout the student body.
“I don’t really hear about cases of, like, ‘Dangit! My BVSD account got hacked again. What am I going to do?’’” said junior Grace Tompkins.
Tompkins clearly doesn’t hear about email-fraud cases where students only respond with “Dangit,” as cases of email fraud receive far more of a reaction. BVSD’s minor username changes have not helped security. BVSD must make a new change that’s absolutely revolutionary. Some students have already come up with potential ideas.
“I think we should be able to choose our emails,” said junior Alex Burger.
Though choosing emails could potentially work, there are far better ways to make every student’s email unique. For example, changing every student’s username to be 64 random characters could work, and students have already reacted positively to this proposal.
“That would be interesting [...]” said freshman Alexi Lemercier.
This plan will work incredibly well, as clearly stated by Lemercier, but some students have unfortunately already identified loopholes through the proposal.
“Google has a directory of all the people with their emails, so [hackers] can still find your username,” says junior Sakethram Durbha. “The only issue would be finding the password.”
Therefore, on top of changing usernames, the only way to really improve security is by changing passwords to something revolutionarily secure. Some students already have some ideas of improving BVSD passwords.
“[BVSD could] make the passwords have more restrictions,” said senior Kyra Richarz.
Unfortunately, more restrictions is a repugnant idea in terms of security. Hackers already are expecting incredibly secure passwords when they hack into BVSD databases. BVSD needs an even more innovative idea that gets ahead of hackers’ expectations. BVSD needs something that will turn all of them away from the site by confusing them too much or making them think that they hacked wrong. And fortunately, other students have suggested an ingenious idea that does just that.
“[BVSD] could just change all of our passwords to the same thing,” said freshman Erica Early.