Recommendations for New Password Requirements

Currently, cyber criminals have found alternative ways to hack into personal or enterprise accounts so that they can accomplish their missions of accessing data stored. About 80% of the successful hacks resulted due to stolen or weak passwords. Thus, there is a need to improve the strength of passwords used by individuals or enterprises to reduce cases of hacking. As such, computer experts have come up with recommendations that can be used to ensure that new passwords are strong and reliable.

Firstly, long passphrases should be adopted to replace the usual passwords. According to researchers, passphrases containing up to 64 characters take hackers a period of 550 years to crack (Blanchard 11). This simply means that long passphrases comprising of special character substitutions cannot be easily hacked unlike the usual passwords consisting of letters and a symbol which can be cracked in only three days. Thus, the organization should decide to use long paraphrases. Secondly, the company should avoid frequent password changes. Unlike in the past where it was recommended that passwords should be changed after a recommended time, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology recommends that organizations should avoid changing p

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