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Take a chance. Make a change. And breakaway.

It is human nature to revert to patterns, commonalities, and habits. This is because we like COMFORT. Weak passwords may seem like the best option at the time, but how comforting is it to know that your company network could be in the crosshairs of a potential data breach? Hacking is an increasing occurrence within all industries and will continue to get worse if we do not start taking a chance to create more complex passwords, making the change to enforce them, and breaking away from the habits of the past.
When training and educating users on the repercussions of common password patterns, it is important to remember COMMON password patterns are the true problem. These are just some suggestions to make password creativity a little more memorable and not as agonizing for users. The key to fighting common password patterns is length, individualization, and complexity!

• Passphrases have become a popular topic of solution to common password patterns. An example would be words to your favorite book, song, movie, quote, and more. These phrases can be a great way to lengthening a password and making it harder to hack. Be cautious with using common password phrases.
• In order to individualize and shorten the password to increase complexity, the user could make a phrase (ex: I like to take Molly for a walk on 2uesday’s after work) and shorten the password to the first letter of the words in the phrase (ex: IlttMfawo2aw).
• Users can also create their own individual password language (ex: a=r, s=2, l=!). This increases complexity of the password, but may be hard to implement for the average user.

Humans have a tendency to seek out patterns and stick to them, and creating common password patterns is no different. These tips are a great start, but only the beginning. Check out how the nFront Password Filter an eliminate common password patterns. Want to learn how the tactics hackers to leak a poor password? Read our whitepaper here.