Have a rough time juggling all of your passwords? Email accounts, school logins, bank accounts; we all have a ton of username and password combinations to remember, and with restrictions required to protect our accounts, it can be downright impossible to remember everything.
A new idea has been cropping up: Passphrases. Rather than using a cryptic word peppered with odd characters and symbols, we recommend trying to use a sentence, or statement. By doing this, you have a longer, more complex password, that is easier to recall!
Mottos, slogans, quotations, quick sayings; these can all prove to be handy passwords. For instance:
- A meaningful statement: “Carpe Diem!”
- directions to a location: “Down Oak, 2nd on the Right”
- What you’re accessing: “Checking my Onid-Mail!”
- Catchy jingle: “I don’t always use passwords, but when I do”
Of course, hackers have been catching onto this. We recommend you try adding personal notes in your passphrases, or adding a special character or two, so that someone can’t just try to enter every quote by Benjamin Franklin to guess your password.
Good Password: “Applause waits on success.”
Better Password: “Applause waits on succes$!”
You can check the strength of your password at our website: http://oregonstate.edu/helpdocs