What is a password, technically speaking? It’s a series of computer bits that your software uses to lock or unlock something.

What does it have to do with two cute dogs and a sweet kitten? Keep reading and you will have your answer!

Password hacking tools can attack your passwords and access your information, and all the information you have access to! YIKES! The longer your password is the more bits it has in it. Logically speaking, the longer your password the longer it takes to hack. Making your password complex does help make it harder to guess, but length is the #1 way to make it harder to hack. The best way to make your password longer is to take a real life situation, a sentence or phrase, and make it passphrase-friendly!

Look at this comparison chart:

Passphrases are fun to make up and can be easier to remember.
Next time you need to make a password try using a Passphrase instead.

And always remember these tips:
Do change your password or passphrase as often as possible.
Don’t give your password out or let strangers in your computer to “fix it.”
Don’t use common dictionary words by themselves – Ex. orange, car, password.
Don’t use sequential letters or numbers – Ex. 12345, abcde.
Don’t use repeated letters/numbers or keyboard patterns – Ex. 111, aaa, qwerty, asdfgh.
Don’t use the same passphrase for every site, if you can help it. Make it custom and fun!

 

Remember to change your password as often as required by your network administrator, or sooner!