13 Jan

Password vs. Passphrase

In 2019, cyber security was a hot topic for IT teams internationally and understandably so, even tech giant Microsoft fell victim to hackers. Even with users updating passwords quarterly, passwords are being stolen and company data is being compromised. A whopping “81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged stolen and/or weak passwords” (Verizon Data Breach Report), it is important that security is top priority for all users in 2020.  It’s time for IT to move away from super secure passwords and train end users to use passphrases.

Rather than a single word with special characters, a passphrase is a sentence with a combination of words, symbols and letters that is easy for a user to remember. Think “Hawk green taffy in ATL” or “Snow is 2 legit”.

SmartDeploy’s Jeff and Spencer use useapassphrase.com to demonstrate that even the most complex passwords can be cracked in a matter of nanoseconds. Cracking a passphrase proved to be more difficult and a more successful method to ensure your account is protected from hackers.

If your organization isn’t set up for passphrases and users must use passwords, try suggesting that end users get a password manager. A password manager will create unique passwords for each individual login. CNet’s list of the best password managers for 2020 is a good place to start.

Whether using a password manager or secure passwords, IT’s biggest hurdle will continue to be getting end users to make security an everyday priority. Prefer the scare tactic? Pass along the scariest hacks and vulnerabilities of 2019. After all, it will take effort from every user in the organization to protect your company data.

About the Author

Heidi Flaig
Heidi Flaig has overseen the marketing department for SmartDeploy since 2011 and thrives on engaging with IT professionals to better understand how SmartDeploy products can improve their world. She has over 500 contributions in the Spiceworks community. When she’s not in the office, you can find Heidi hiking with her husband, two sons, and silver lab, Miles.