Passwords vs. Passphrases

Funnily enough, while passwords may be the thing that we forget the most, though they protect some of our most important information.

When was the last time you updated your passwords or checked their strength? With technology constantly developing, modern computers can guess 30% of passwords within one second. Hackers will start with the top 10,000 words, names and known passwords, then start adding symbols and letters if they need to. Modern computers can make between 10,000 and 350 billion password guesses per second, making your information super vulnerable.

But how can you protect your information from these hackers? We suggest using a passphrase. A passphrase is made up of a collection of random words (which can be separated by a space) that is longer, and typically harder to crack. And a bonus is, they are usually easier to remember, as they don’t need to have a series of numbers and symbols to make them secure.

It may not seem like it, but a password such as ‘Ryan and Amy play’ is actually more secure than Football745! . It is harder for hackers to guess a series of random words, than it is one word with some numbers and a symbol. And I don’t know about you, but I can remember a simple sentence easier than a word with some letters and symbols!

If you want to try it for yourself, check out howsecureismypassword.net and try some combinations. The site can tell you how quickly the password can be hacked, so you can find a secure one to keep your information safe. You can also check out the attached video for an example on how to create a secure passphrase to protect your information.

By Amy Wilkinson