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Passwords or Passphrases: Which One’s More Reliable?

Published by Craig Petronella on

With all the data breaches companies have experienced recently, it’s no surprise that businesses are eager to find innovative ways to keep databases and networks secure. For this reason, IT experts are now suggesting the implementation of passphrases, instead of passwords.

As the name suggests, a passphrase is a phrase that serves as a code to protect information from unauthorized access. It’s similar to a password since letters, numbers and symbols can form it. However, the main difference between these two is that passphrases allow spaces between words and should be at least 15 characters in order to be considered strong (a password typically has a maximum of 10 characters).

Here are a few reasons why passphrases are considered safer than passwords:

  • Easy to remember. Any phrase can make a good passphrase, even song lyrics or famous quotes. Plus, a passphrase should be easier to remember than a complex password.
  • Meet complexity requirements. Passphrases allow for the use of punctuation, symbols, upper and lower cases, etc., that helps ensure security.
  • Supported by major OS: Major operating systems like Windows, Linux and Mac OSX are supported with up to 127 characters in length.
  • Difficult to crack. Most tools used to crack passwords aren’t able to work with more than 10 characters.

Even though passphrases allow users to create complex codes, it’s not recommended to use the same combination of characters across different sites or applications, as it may expose the passphrase to the same risks as passwords.

To learn further ways how you can protect you business’s valuable information, contact Petronella Computer Consultants!

Published with permission from Technology Times. Source.Source.

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