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Create Secure Passwords in 2013 using ‘PassPhrase’ Technique

The need of secure passwords have increased lately. You need a password for Facebook accounts or your mail clients. If you are also doing online transactions using net banking and logging to forums to post your views, passwords are a must.

But when it comes to monetary transactions, you always need to built up a secure password which is more strong and nobody can guess.

Secure Password Technique - Passphrase

‘PassPhrase’ in Wireless network

Today we are going to see a 2013 technique, on creating a secure password with ‘passphrase’.

PassPhrases :

Normally a password like “#$kHlg289″ is very strong secure wise but difficult to remember. But at the same time, if you use a ‘passphrase‘ it’s lot more easier. A ‘passphrase’ is a password that uses a combination of words or phrases instead of random letters, numbers, and special characters.

How to come up with PassPhrases ?

For two reasons, PassPhrases are more better than traditional passwords. One is it’s simplicity in remembering and other is it’s security over normal passwords.

The best way to build a passphrase is using 4 words with each word consisting of 5 letters. So you have a total password strength of 20 characters. But if you are having problem to come up with such a passphrase, you can mix and match different length words.

For example, you can use one three letter word, one four letter word, one five letter word, and one six letter word; or three six letter words; or three five letter words and one three letter word; etc.

Also the best way to build a passphrase is using 4 unrelated words. You should also make sure that your total password length is a minimum of 16 characters. More than that, the more secure your password will be.

Also it’s very simple to decrypt passwords containing similar words for eg: ‘redbluegreenblack’ since all the 4 words in the password are related. But on the other side a password like ‘greenvoguedriverfish’ is more difficult to hack, as it contains more characters and the words are also unrelated.

How to Improve Security of PassPhrase Passwords Further ?

It’s even more secure if you add a capital or uppercase letter and a number in your passphrase. This not only increases the security 10^8 times, but also takes hundred million centuries to crack that kind of password. For eg. a password like ‘greenVogue7driverfish’ is better off than it’s simple passphrase mother.

Creating Secure Passwords in 2013

Best Secure Password creating technique of 2013

Also a password with a minimum of sixteen characters, uppercase letter and a number will withstand brute-force and dictionary attacks, which constitute 99% of all attacks.

But sometimes there are more advanced attacks which can guess which letter follows a particular character in English. To counter-attack such ill moves, it’s best to make-up words with bad-spelling or grammar. Also using non-English words can make the passphrase too-difficult to crack.

But complicating the password in this fashion will make the utility of passphrase null. We want simple things to remember. So as a conclusion I’d recommend, if you are using a password for normal websites it’s better to come up with a passphrase with 16 characters, capital letter and a number.

In most important type of websites, you can use the above techniques.

Create Secure Passwords in 2013 using ‘PassPhrase’ Technique
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About The Author → Palla Sridhar completed his Masters in Geotechnical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, INDIA. Civil Engineer by Profession and Blogger by passion. Worked in the IT industry for 10 years and on different software systems like Mainframes and J2EE. Current Blog focuses on Software, Social Media and SEO (SSS).
  • Reply satish March 21, 2013, 5:51 pm

    good information to protect

  • Reply Kent, SmartWebsMedia March 20, 2013, 4:30 am

    I have a lot of accounts (emails, social networks, payment processors, etc.) and I have to admit that remembering all of my passwords is really bothersome so I started to use the passphrase technique to create passwords. Its really effective!

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