If you want to reduce the chances of being hacked, it’s high time you stopped using passwords, especially single word passwords, and replace them with a passphrase.
We are all aware, or at least should be by now, of the dangers posed by hackers and the seemingly ever increasing number of scams and it is for this reason that passphrases appear to becoming increasingly popular.
A good password would be something that contains a mixture of letters and numbers such as “B@&3O$£” but for most of us that’s almost impossible to remember. That’s why we often fall into the same old traps when we create a new passwords and end up choosing something that is easy to crack. How many times have you used something like the name of your pet and the year you were born as your password? Sure it’s easy to remember but it is not very secure and could be easily guessed by someone spending just a few minutes looking over your Facebook profile.
This is where a passphrase comes in.
A passphrase is a sentence such as “thebigredballwentbouncingdowntheroad” – the big red ball went bouncing down the road.
It’s kind of a random sentence but one which is easy to remember, while at the same time would be almost impossible for anyone to guess. Add a couple of random numbers or symbols to your passphrase and it becomes even harder for someone to guess.
So why should you choose a passphrase rather than a password?
They are easier to remember
It is easy to forget many different passwords that contain several different letters and symbols. A passphrase could be the lyrics to your favourite song or quote that you find easy to remember.
Harder to guess
The phrases mean something to YOU and not to another person so are therefore harder to guess. This also means hacking tools also find it harder to work them out.
Satisfies complex rules
Phrases also use punctuation and upper and lower case so they usually meet all the requirement for passwords.
Passphrases can be used in all the places you need them
Most apps, online accounts and operating systems including Windows, Mac and Linux allow passphrases of up to 127 characters long, meaning they can be used to give you maximum security for your online accounts.
They are harder to crack
Passwords often only contain around 10 letters so naturally, a phrase contains more. Most cracking tools won’t be able to establish a sentence whereas they can a password.
If you are considering using a passphrase we recommend that it should be at least 4 words long.