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What is a pass-phrase, and why you should have them?

What is a pass-phrase, and why you should have them?

November 01, 2023

´╗┐´╗┐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.