Cybersecurity Tips: Why Use Passphrases Instead of Passwords

Welcome back to the Impact Cybersecurity Tips series, where we will explore another tip to protect businesses from cybercriminals. It is known that cybercriminals have become more sophisticated and cyber-attacks are increasing in frequency. Yet, armed with the knowledge that almost everyone is now a target, people don’t take into account the most simple tip of them all: use passphrases rather than passwords.

What is a passphrase? 

According to Techopedia, a passphrase is a password composed of a sentence or combination of words. Passphrases generally tend to be longer and more complex than the average password, which increases overall security. While passphrases should be something that the user can remember, it is highly discouraged to use a common phrase. An example of a passphrase could be 4 random words, such as, “engineer works harris studying.” Sites such as can help to generate a completely random passphrase.

Why is it important use passphrases?

We are in the age where simple passwords no longer retain the security they once did, which is why passphrases have become so popular. The benefit of passphrases is that they make it easier for a user to generate entropy, a lack of order, while still remembering their password. Generating entropy through randomized characters can be difficult, but this also makes it more difficult to launch a cyber-attack which ultimately protects you.

During a presentation at ITEX, Barracuda MSP noted that 60% of people use the same password across multiple services. Once a password has been hacked, this information can be used to penetrate other accounts with the same or similar passwords.

Change your passwords to passphrases today, and protect yourself from a cyber-attack.