Stave Off Hackers With Passphrases

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Vehement capitalist blogger Lew Rockwell has a tip for people concerned about the security of the passwords they use to access their protected information online: ditch passwords altogether in favor of passphrases.

What’s a passphrase? A “password” composed of words and symbols that, taken together, form a phrase that you’ll remember – but that can take a heck of a long time for hackers to crack.

An online security company, Silent Circle, has a website that, while soliciting subscriptions for its services, nevertheless allows you to test the relative security of any password or passphrase you create without having to buy anything.

A caution, if you do want to test the strength of a made-up password on the Silent Circle site: by all means, don’t type in a password that protects any of your current accounts. Make up one you have no intention of using, just to suss out what makes passphrases easier or harder to crack – and then get off the website and create a different, “real” passphrase that employs the same security-tightening measures.

Also, Rockwell points out that this sort of passphrase protection isn’t likely to guard against the spying eyes of the NSA or other American data surveillance programs (both known and unknown). Rather, use it to protect your information from conventional hackers. If you want to improve your chances of dodging the NSA – at least so far as email is concerned – consider email hosts that are based outside the U.S. and don’t have servers tied into the NSA dragnet.

“Bottom Line,” writes Rockwell: “Consider an offshore email, but definitely make your passwords longer by using a passphrase rather than a shorter but ‘harder’ password. Most sites will allow you to enter very long passphrases. Think of the minor investment in time versus the risk of identity theft, account takeover, and the extra time and resources for the government to snoop on you.”

 

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Alex

    Wow.
    You people are verrrrryyyy slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww………………………..

  • Alex

    Wow.
    You people are verrrrryyyy slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww………………………..

  • Quester55

    i too have a method that works Great for Anyone, yet Few including myself rarely use it, It’s called a In-Line KILL Switch!

    Your Computer can’t be Hacked if your Not Plugged In, 24/7 !!

  • laura merrone

    I have nothing to hide so I don’t care. God’s got my back of course. Supernatural protection as always.

    • L

      You have nothing to hide. Until they decide you do. Do not be so naive.

  • Deerinwater

    Well ~ there is never a problem until one happens along. ~ and trust me on this ~ they will. ~ I started using ~ combinations of information for pass-codes some time back ~ and it helps.

    The problem I had and I suspect you will too ~ is that some sites ~ have requirement for pass codes that you must accommodate and adjust for. ~ where it be an on line Social Security account, or a bank account ~or something of lesser importance ~ like Facebook or~ whatever.

    They can and they do sometimes require` at least one upper case and one lower case letter and an “X” amount of numbers or charterers. ~plus requirement to length ~ limiting what you can and cannot use. ~

    It’s a real pain in to assets ~ to craft a pass-code that you can remember ~ on demand in short notice and on the spot. I tend to create something that i can NEVER remember if my life depended on it.

    You need a minimum of at least two letters, ~ one charter and x amount of numbers to satisfy all sites demands. ~ so think about this phase of information before hand ~and have something that is very personal to you only in mind. ~

    In this way you can adapt your predetermined pass code to satisfy all sites. ~ and most importantly ~ You can remember all of the various way to submit the same code.

    Being locked out ~ for not being able to remember your pass code is such a time consuming drag. ~ I now have two separate Face books because of it. ~ and where I can merge them of not ~ I haven’t a clue.

    example; 2B’ornottwobe/that1sthequestion or My1’stcarwasblue2.