Taking Your Password to the Next Level

Published On: October 15th, 2021Categories: Business Technology, Cyber Security, Tech Tips, Tech Trends

Passwords represent one of the most important and most misused forms of security. We say misused because even in a world where everyone is concerned about getting hacked, people still create weak, easy-to-crack passwords.

An easy way to level up your password is through the use of a passphrase. A passphrase should be something that is easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess. Such as an obscure song lyric or something specific that is a favorite of yours. When creating a passphrase, avoid commonly used phrases and personal information like the name of your pet. Here is an example:

Passphrase that means something to you: “Milan and Berlin were my favorite cities for the holidays of 1990.”
Converted into sample password: MilanBerlinFavoriteHolidays1990!

Here are a few more tips to strengthen your passwords which in turn keeps your information protected.

  • Use at least sixteen characters. The longer your password is, the better it will be.
  • Avoid using personal information, such as your name or the names or birth dates of your children or pets.
  • Avoid using national ID numbers and telephone numbers.
  • Avoid sequential letters or numbers on your keyboard (e.g., qwerty, asdf, or 12345).
  • Avoid using any variation of the word ‘password,’ such as passw0rd!.

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About the Author: Eric Vicencio

Eric began his career in healthcare, and he has been working in the IT field since 2006 when he graduated from Northern Illinois University. Eric specializes in Infrastructure, SQL and compliance: Licensing, HIPAA, GLBA and PCI.