Password of three random words better than complex variation, experts say

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It is far better to concoct passwords made up of three random words than to use more complex variations involving streams of letters, numbers and symbols, UK government experts have said.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of Government Communications Headquarters, highlighted its “three random words” recommendation in a new blogpost.

To continue reading this report in The Guardian, go to:
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/aug/07/password-of-three-random-words-better-than-complex-variation-experts-say

Also see:

The logic behind three random words: Whilst not a password panacea, using ‘three random words’ is still better than enforcing arbitrary complexity requirements.

One of the most popular pages on the NCSC website, nearly 5 years after its first publication, is ‘Three random words or #thinkrandom‘. It explains how – by combining three random words – you can create a password that’s ‘random enough’ to keep the bad guys out, but also ‘easy enough’ for you to remember.

In this blog, we’re going to:

  • explain why the NCSC continue to promote ‘three random word’ strategy (both at home and at work)
  • respond to some concerns raised by NCSC customers who may be considering this strategy

To continue reading this blog post from the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, go to:
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/the-logic-behind-three-random-words

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