Longer is better.
It really shouldn’t come as a surprise, but there’s new evidence showing the days of passwords could be in the past with the new replacement being longer ‘passphrases’ to add extra security and, hopefully, lessen the chances of hackers getting their hands on information. The idea comes after a series of tests and reports from Carnegie Mellon University. Researchers there believe passphrases are a better means of protection because hacking programs are more likely to be stumped by the additional characters in a passphrase.
In an interview with The Washington Post, former Carnegie Mellon researcher Michelle Mazurek explained it is highly likely the longer passphrases will become normal in the future.
“For equivalent amounts of security, longer tends to be more useful for people,” Mazurek stressed.
It’s not just the researchers at Carnegie Mellon who are encouraging users to go longer, though. A recent study by security firm TeleSign indicates more people are leaning toward lengthier passwords or passphrases.
CBS News reported TeleSign’s study showed 69 percent of security professionals believe the traditional password-username combination no longer offers sufficient security. In addition, 72 percent of those professional are predicting passwords will longer be used by companies and firms within less than a decade.
“The business of fraud has become public enemy number one for mobile and online companies,”stated Ryan Disraeli, co-founder of TeleSign, in a company press release. “Cybercrime such as account takeover is affecting businesses of all sizes by incurring financial losses, loss of customers and users and ultimately brand damage. In order to address the failing password, enterprises need to add additional account security technologies to keep user accounts safe. Behavioral biometrics technology and two-factor authentication are emerging as leading candidates to bridge the gap.”