UK NCSC says to ‘Think Random’ on passwords


Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre(NCSC) has passed advice to online users to think of 3-4 randomly used words as passwords rather than using a complex one and storing it in a file or a password manager as it is hard to remember.

The logic behind the usage of 3-4 randomly used words as passwords is because it is hard to guess for hackers and easy to memorize. It also eliminates the need for password manages are to those who are reluctant in using such tools in their day-to-day lives.

As length, impact, novelty and usability traits are common requirements for strong passwords, using a three word combination built password makes sense, only if it is not re-used multiple times

Security researchers at NCSC say that using complex passwords acts as a poor defense against guessing attacks.

NCSC has framed some examples of 3 word passwords which are as below-






And as per a survey conducted by Verizon, compromised passwords, no matter how complex are they, are responsible for over 81% of hacking related data breaches.

Now to those who are not happy with the concept of 3 word passwords, they are also other password security tips to explore like a 16 digit password phrases, using random password generators, 4 word password generators- only if the online user is comfortable in using such tools, usage of password manager services or apps,

So, those searching for a good password words, NCSC password guidance recommending a 3 word password might help.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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