Iowans Should Stop Using Passwords And Be Safer With Passphrases

Madison, Wisconsin — With a rash of recent cyberattacks on Iowa hospitals, schools, and companies large and small, it’s recommended we consider abandoning the use of passwords and instead, switch to using passphrases.

Computer security expert Jesse La Grew says the old way of creating short, cryptic passwords that you change frequently is no longer practical for most Iowans.

The longer a password, the more secure it should be from hackers. Some computer systems require passwords that need to be between 16 and 20 characters, which is where using a passphrase is handy.

You can create a pass phrase out of a series of four or five words that are easy for you to remember, but that is exceptionally hard for anyone else to discover. It will make your account more secure from most attempts by hackers to force their way in.

La Grew says don’t ever reuse passwords, especially on any service where you might have a credit card or banking information saved.



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