The need of secure passwords have increased lately. You need a password for Facebook accounts or your mail clients. If you are also doing online transactions using net banking and logging to forums to post your views, passwords are a must.
But when it comes to monetary transactions, you always need to built up a secure password which is more strong and nobody can guess.
‘PassPhrase’ in Wireless network
Today we are going to see a 2013 technique, on creating a secure password with ‘passphrase’.
Normally a password like “#$kHlg289” is very strong secure wise but difficult to remember. But at the same time, if you use a ‘passphrase‘ it’s lot more easier. A ‘passphrase’ is a password that uses a combination of words or phrases instead of random letters, numbers, and special characters.
How to come up with PassPhrases ?
For two reasons, PassPhrases are more better than traditional passwords. One is it’s simplicity in remembering and other is it’s security over normal passwords.
The best way to build a passphrase is using 4 words with each word consisting of 5 letters. So you have a total password strength of 20 characters. But if you are having problem to come up with such a passphrase, you can mix and match different length words.
For example, you can use one three letter word, one four letter word, one five letter word, and one six letter word; or three six letter words; or three five letter words and one three letter word; etc.
Also the best way to build a passphrase is using 4 unrelated words. You should also make sure that your total password length is a minimum of 16 characters. More than that, the more secure your password will be.
Also it’s very simple to decrypt passwords containing similar words for eg: ‘redbluegreenblack’ since all the 4 words in the password are related. But on the other side a password like ‘greenvoguedriverfish’ is more difficult to hack, as it contains more characters and the words are also unrelated.
How to Improve Security of PassPhrase Passwords Further ?
It’s even more secure if you add a capital or uppercase letter and a number in your passphrase. This not only increases the security 10^8 times, but also takes hundred million centuries to crack that kind of password. For eg. a password like ‘greenVogue7driverfish’ is better off than it’s simple passphrase mother.
Best Secure Password creating technique of 2013
Also a password with a minimum of sixteen characters, uppercase letter and a number will withstand brute-force and dictionary attacks, which constitute 99% of all attacks.
But sometimes there are more advanced attacks which can guess which letter follows a particular character in English. To counter-attack such ill moves, it’s best to make-up words with bad-spelling or grammar. Also using non-English words can make the passphrase too-difficult to crack.
But complicating the password in this fashion will make the utility of passphrase null. We want simple things to remember. So as a conclusion I’d recommend, if you are using a password for normal websites it’s better to come up with a passphrase with 16 characters, capital letter and a number.
In most important type of websites, you can use the above techniques.