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How to create a secure passphrase

TechThis graphic explains how to create a very secure passphrase that you can easily remember, but is nearly impossible to crack by standard methods.

A few tips:

1. Don't use names of pets, family members, your birthday, etc. as a password. Also, don't use the obvious such as 'password123' or 'qwerty1'. Change the default password on any device, such as a router.

2. Create a unique passphrase for every site. Try to avoid looking at things around your computer work area while thinking up your passphrase. Someone clever could sit in your seat and guess it given enough time, so make it a challenge. When asked for security questions during an account setup, create a unique answer instead of something from your real life. For example, if the question is "What is your favorite author" answer Nutter Butter or something else.

3. Never send a passphrase in email.

Some sites still require an upper or lower case character, symbol and other old-fashioned password rules, try and minimize your use of this. These are less secure.

[Edited and Reposted-DG]

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How to create a secure passphrase
Authored by: DG on Sunday, November 30 2014 @ 11:23 AM AKST
If any readers have questions about this or other tech-related issues post them here and I'll answer them.
How to create a secure passphrase
Authored by: Amy on Sunday, November 30 2014 @ 01:04 PM AKST
Wow great info, thanks! What if I mixed in some foreign words?
How to create a secure passphrase
Authored by: DG on Thursday, June 04 2015 @ 11:44 AM AKDT
Any regular words that you are comfortable with will work.
How to create a secure passphrase
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, November 30 2014 @ 01:21 PM AKST
I like the little boxes and the simple maths. After all in a computer everything is 1's and 0's. Amazing how long it would take with the second example. I wouldn't ever have to change my password again.
How to create a secure passphrase
Authored by: Greg on Thursday, June 04 2015 @ 11:39 AM AKDT
Excellent article, love these articles on computer tech explained for us regular users. Keep em coming!
How to create a secure passphrase
Authored by: DG on Thursday, June 04 2015 @ 11:51 AM AKDT
To answer a question someone asked me about this: Unfortunately, some websites will not allow spaces, and may require an uppercase letter, a number, and/or a symbol. For these primitive sites, just use this information in this brief article and comply with their requirements.

You may also consider a password vault such as keepass. Get it for free and read more at: http://keepass.info/
How to create a secure passphrase
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, June 12 2015 @ 11:41 AM AKDT
This is so simple it's stupid good.