Password vs Passphrase. What is this about?

Passwords are a pain...........and we have many.

The experts have gone back and forth on how complex your password should be and how often you should change your password. We have gone back and forth for years. A lot of IT admin time has gone into this. Enough is enough. Could there be an alternative?

Passphrase. It has always been here.

First off, what is a password? A password is an alphanumeric combination of letters, special characters and numbers that a user uses to verify their account. Passwords are used everywhere in many scenarios: to secure devices, networks and online accounts. Passwords have become complex, running usually 8-12 characters and containing complex characters: uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters.

We all know examples of password: Summer2024! or Got2o20! or Blueskies@U

But what is a Passphrase?

A passphrase is a string of words that must be used to gain access to a computer system or service. Passphrases are usually longer than 14 characters and should contain unrelated words to make them more secure.

Some examples of a passphrase: Sunny Money Funny Mountain OR Tombstone-Weather-Future-Computer

You get the picture.

The idea behind the passphrase is that it is more resilient to brute force attacks and other cracking/guessing techniques.

Test your current password here: Test your Password Strength This site will tell you your passwords strength and estimated time to crack your password.

And if you need help creating your ultimate passphrase: Create a new Passphrase here!

Let me know if you find this helpful for your business or personal life. (

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