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Password or Passphrase?

Updated: Jan 6, 2023


Online security is an important topic these days. With so many people using the internet to do their banking and other important financial transactions, it's essential that we keep our data safe from hackers who might want to get into our accounts. This includes keeping our passwords secure by making sure they're unique and hard to guess. One way that you can do this is with something called a passphrase, which is just a long password made up of several words strung together in a random order that makes sense only to you - not even your best friend will be able to guess what it means!

There are a million different passwords that you need to remember for your online services

If you're like me, there are a million different passwords that you have to remember. Your bank account, social media accounts, email account and phone number all have their own passwords. And not only do they need to be secure and hard to guess, but also easy for yourself or others to remember.

The problem with traditional passwords is that they're hard to type (which slows down your work) and they're cumbersome when it comes time for a change. These issues can be frustrating enough as it is—but when combined with our ever-increasing dependence on technology in our daily lives, remembering all of our unique logins becomes overwhelming quickly!

Protect our data

In today's world, we have to protect our data from unauthorized access. The best way to do this is by using a passphrase that is difficult for others to guess. Passphrases are combinations of words or phrases that are easy for us but hard for others to crack. Passphrases must be long enough and complex enough to prevent hackers from cracking them using brute force techniques.

A passphrase

A passphrase is a password made up of several words that are joined together. Unlike a single-word password, the longer and more complex your passphrase is, the safer it will be from hackers trying to break in.

Passphrases are more secure than passcodes because they make cracking them harder for hackers. While short passwords can be guessed by computers easily, long ones cannot; this makes them much more difficult for anyone other than you to access your accounts. Longer passphrases are more secure - Bigger is Better!

You can use any phrase you want to use. The more words the better, but not too many. The more random the words the better, and the more personal the phrase is to you, the harder it is for someone else to guess.

To be effective, a passphrase should have three qualities:

  • Length. The longer the better. A phrase with only one or two words is easy to guess, especially if it is something like your name or birthday.

  • Complexity. The more complicated the better - don't use single words from the dictionary, don't use phrases that are easily guessed, and don't use a phrase that is easy for someone else to remember (try not to include things like dates).

  • Uniqueness. You will want your passphrase to be unique so no one else can use it!

Passphrases are useful because they're easier to remember than complex passwords like "1sl32&$37". They look random when written down or spoken aloud, so they'll be hard for someone else to guess if you forget them yourself. This makes passphrases very secure!

Be sure never to share your passphrase with anyone else. For example, a good way might be to choose one particular word that means something only to you and then add words after it that describe what you're using it for. Could be a favorite book character followed by another character's name in another book or movie, followed by the genre of the story they're in (e.g., "StuartPennyRescue").

  • Don't share your passphrase with anyone.

  • Don't use the same passphrase for more than one account.

  • Don't use a passphrase that is easy to guess, such as your birthday or children's names.


Now that you've learned how to create passphrases, it's time to put them into practice. You can use these tips to create your own passphrase or follow along with our examples below. Remember: don't share this information with anyone else! Good luck out there on the web!

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