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      Forget about passwords: You need a passphrase!
      BY Ian Bernhardt

      Despite of the fact that we are more aware than ever of data security and data protection, cybercrime is a growing threat and data breaches are commonplace.

      Organisations still use poor security practices to secure data and access to systems.

       

      What is the best solution?

      You need to forget about using passwords to protect you. Simply put, Passwords are easy to crack and not strong enough to offer appropriate security to you or your data. This is especially true of single word passwords. Something like ‘strawberries’, for example, is asking for trouble.

       

      So, what can you use instead of passwords?

      Passphrases.

      Passphrases are longer, more complex, difficult to crack and easier to remember. Using a passphrase will keep you and your data safe and secure.

       

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      Here's a quick guide on how to do this

       
      Step 1 – Add words to create a phrase

      Let’s say you like cycling. Add some words around it so that it makes sense to you in a meaningful way:

      ilovetocycle

      That’s a good start, but it could do with being longer. Be more specific:

      ilovetocycleonweekends

       

      Step 2 – Add capitals for emphasis

      Your passphrase as it currently stands is a lot stronger than the original password. However, it needs more detail. Add capitals, as if you’re emphasizing each word (in your head):

      ILoveToCycleOnWeekends

       

      Step 3 – Add punctuation for creative flair

      Consider this step as a decorative element, as if you’re now considering your passphrase visually. To make it easier, add punctuation at the beginning and at the end:

      !ILoveToCycleOnWeekends!

       

      Step 4 – Add spaces to add further complexity

      A lot of people are unaware of the fact that you add spaces to your passphrase. This makes it much more complex:

      !I Love To Cycle On Weekends!

       

      Step 5 – Add block capitals to go one step further

      Your passphrase is in good shape. However, a ‘final topping’ will add another layer of security – block capitals:

      !I LOVE To Cycle On Weekends!

       

      Learn more about cyber safety by downloading our Legal Cyber Security Threat Guide. 

       

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