How to create a secure passphrase

Tuesday, February 02 2016 @ 11:15 AM AKST

Contributed by: DG

This 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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