Tip for Creating Secure Passphrases

Need easy way to create a strong passphrase with minimal effort or thought?

Here’s how:

  1. Roll 16 virtual dice at random.org
  2. Write down the numbers from the dice rolls in groups of 4.
  3. Match those numbers to EFF’s short word list.
  4. Add some capitals, numbers, and punctuation that makes sense to you.
  5. Presto you have a new password.

It takes less than 30 seconds and its a great way to create a secure passphrase.

Why does this work?

Generally, people aren’t very good at coming up with passwords or passphrases. So the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has created wordlists that can be used to select passphrases using dice. You can read more about the science behind this and see more of their lists at their blog post “EFF’s New Wordlists for Random Passphrases“.

Since I generally don’t carry dice with me I just use Random.org’s dice roller and I bookmark the one that rolls 16 dice every time.


PS: The best answer to passwords is still to use a Password Manager, I trust and recommend LastPass