Why Passphrases Are The Key To Safe Computing

The perfect password.

It is something that we all strive for.

It would seem that something like that would come easy to most people. But it does not. And that is because all of the rules that go into the modern day making of a password. You do not want to break the rules but you also need something that you will be comfortable with as well. You want to make sure that it is long enough but that it still makes sense. And you want to be sure that it is not a word in the dictionary because there are too many hacker tools that can figure it out. So what do you do with so many rules to this problem? The popular way these days is to use passphrases.

Why Passphrases Are The Key To Safe Computing

What is a passphrase?

The question that you might ask yourself right now is what is a passphrase? Well that is simple. A passphrase is when instead of making a password, you make a pass sentence instead. So far example your password would be “goingtothestore8am”. As you see, creating a password in such a manner allows you to be able to make the password long while also keeping a dictionary attack from being successful. Some people try to just mix up letters and numbers and create their password that way. While that usually gives you the length that you need, it is hard for you to remember and you will probably end up writing it down somewhere. If you are not keeping it in encrypted software then wherever you write it down can be unsafe. A passphrase allows you to be able to make it so that you do not have to write it down because it is easy to remember.

But speaking of encrypted software, it is probably better for you to install software such as keepass for password keeping anyway. This way you know that you have a back up just in case you forget and no one else will be able to get in it.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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