• 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.
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