During our annual compliance meeting today, I noticed an interesting graphic showing how long it would take a hacker to figure out your passwords, so I thought I'd pass it along and share some tips on how to improve your passwords to passphrases...
What is a passphrase and why do I need it?
A passphrase is a string of four or more words, with each word having at least four letters. Passphrases are easier to remember than passwords, and they are also more secure.
Why do I need a passphrase?
You need a passphrase to protect your online accounts from unauthorized access. Passwords are no longer secure enough, as they can be easily cracked by computers.
How do I create a strong passphrase?
To create a strong passphrase, follow these tips:
- Use at least 15 characters.
- Mix words, numbers, and symbols.
- Use unrelated words that have no personal meaning.
- Avoid common phrases and song lyrics.
- Do not use any information that could be easily guessed, such as your name, birthday, or address.
Here are some examples of strong passphrases:
- My cat's name is mittens, and I love chocolate cake!
- I'm going to the beach on vacation next summer.
- The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
- Correct horse battery staple.