Passwords / Passphrases

What makes passphrases better than passwords is length. Hackers have indexed millions of traditional, 8 character passwords making it essential for your passphrase to be unique. Often hackers are not targeting you specifically. They're looking for weak passwords that might lead to anything of value - other passwords, VPN access, or credit card numbers buried in folders tucked away in gigabyte hard drives or the cloud.

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Create a strong passphrase using the following guidelines:

  • Is longer than 20 characters
  • Doesn't use common phrases found in literature or music
  • Doesn't contain your name, user name or company's name
  • Uses upper and lower case letters, symbol, and number
  • Is not a previous passphrase

A passphrase should still contain special characters (like apostrophes or quotes) and spaces. Here are a couple example passphrases with capital letters, symbols, numbers and spaces:

  • A juggler's #1 tool: 3 balls; 28 characters
  • Johnny's good in 2 many things; 30 characters
  • Green*gophers*gulp*green*grapes?; 35 characters
  • Muddy.Buddy.Nutty.Fun; 21 characters
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Additionally, it is important to use unique passphrases for each account. You can use random words, alliteration or rhyming words to help make passphrases memorable but you can also use a password manager. Password managers have different forms, varying prices and variety of functionalities. For more information on evaluating password managers see the links below.

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For More Information go to any of these links:

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