Typically, when people think of security, they think of passwords. However, when you begin dealing with fast computers for hacking passwords and business security, it's necessary to use the more secure passphrase. A passphrase is basically the same idea as a password but a full phrase instead of just one word. If a program accepted a 50 character passphrase for instance, you may choose to type My favorite pet is Ralph, the dog.. Passphrases, if you spend a few minutes thinking of something, can be much more secure then a password like monkey and easier to remember too.

N.B. Never, ever, ever use the same passphrase for more then one thing. The passphrase you use with PGP should bear no ressemblance to the password you use to check your E-mail or for getting into Microsoft's members-only area. This is for your own security.

See also:

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