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Comment on this month's OUCH!

Firstly - this is an especially good issue.

Secondly, why is Where is king Julian? a good passphrase? Because it's easy to remember, moderately long at 21 characters and has characters from three of the four character groups. It would be stronger and just as easy to remember if it were Where is king Julian the 1st? 

See https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm to improve your security life. OlympusNet staffers use passphrases when we need to type, long passwords when we can copy/paste them. All are stored in our password managers.   — Ned Schumann


SANS OUCH! for April:  
Passphrases 

Background

Passwords are something you use almost every day, from accessing your email and banking online to purchasing goods or accessing your smartphone. However, passwords are also one of your weakest points; if someone learns your password, they can steal your identity, transfer your money or access your personal information. Strong passwords are essential to protecting yourself. In this newsletter, you will learn how to create strong passwords that are easy to remember by using a type of password called passphrases.

Passphrases

The challenge we all face is that cyber attackers have developed sophisticated methods to guess or brute force passwords, and they are constantly getting better at it. This means they can compromise your passwords if they are weak or easy to guess. An important step to protecting yourself is to use strong passwords. The more characters your password has, the stronger it is and the harder it is for an attacker to guess. However, long, complex passwords can be difficult to remember. So instead, we recommend you use passphrases. These are simple phrases or sentences that are easy to remember, but hard to hack. Here is an example:

Where is king Julian?

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