We have passwords to protect our online accounts from hackers, but creating a hard-to-crack password that’s easy to remember can be a challenge.
It doesn’t help that password requirements are all over the place.
Passwords vs. Passphrases: Which is better?
Some websites require at least eight characters, others want uppercase and lowercase letters, and then there are the dreaded symbols.
According to the Washington Post, there’s a better way.
Studies from Carnegie Mellon University revealed that passphrases, like the one we’ve provided below, can throw off hackers — primarily due to their length.
Password: [email protected]$
A hacker might give up because the passphrase is so random, yet it’s probably easier for the user to remember.
However, security experts warn that hackers could easily attempt to use popular song lyrics or lines of poetry to get into these accounts, so don’t use anything too mainstream.
We discovered that YNAB, the budgeting website, has adopted passphrases:
While studies seem to suggest that passphrases are a good idea, it’s not likely that all of the websites you use will go in this direction — especially as two-factor verification grows in popularity.
In the meantime, Google has these tips to keep your online accounts secure:
- Use a unique password for each of your important accounts.
- Use a mix of letters, numbers and symbols.
- Don’t use personal information or common words as a password.
- Make sure your backup password options are up-to-date.
Read more: How to make your passwords less hackable