Power Up Your Online Protection with Passphrases

If you're still using a single-word password to protect your online accounts, you may be more susceptible to being hacked. Not only are single-word passwords difficult to remember and change, but they're also easier for hackers to crack.

Enter, the use of the passphrase, which packs more protection than any single-word password, no matter how complex. While passwords are a minimum of 12 characters, passphrases should be at least four words and 15 characters in length. They can be a silly sentence, or a list of things in your house. Examples include: “SomeDayIWillLikeLiver,” “IHeartMyRubberDucky,” or “Closet Lamp Hat Door Table.” Plus, passphrases are much easier to remember.

Below are six simple tips to use when creating strong passphrases. Get creative!

  1. Create a long passphrase – at least four words and 15 characters
  2. Do not use personal information – like your birthday or name
  3. Avoid well-known movies, quotes, and song lyrics
  4. Be unpredictable
  5. Make it memorable for you
  6. Create a unique passphrase for each site

Until next time, please continue to stay safe online. Watch your inbox for more ways to protect your online presence and personal information.