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passphrase

(operating system)
A string of words and characters that you type in to authenticate yourself. Passphrases differ from passwords only in length. Passwords are usually short - six to ten characters. Passphrases are usually much longer - up to 100 characters or more. Their greater length makes passphrases more secure. Modern passphrases were invented by Sigmund N. Porter in 1982.

Phil Zimmermann's popular encryption program PGP, for example, requires you to make up a passphrase that you then must enter whenever you sign or decrypt messages.

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For laptops or desktops, use a pass-phrase akin to a complete sentence.
For laptops or desktops, use a pass-phrase, which is akin to a complete sentence.
When you call up you will be asked to say a pass-phrase or provide some answers to some basic questions and the results of those answers will be checked against your voice.'
Then the user chooses a secret pass-phrase which consists at least 10 characters.
Perhaps you could let customers send a temporary one-time-use authentication token to their mobile devices so that the real user can take that token and log into the site and create a new pass-phrase. Presumably everyone has mobile phone these days, right?
In fact, adding numeric characters to a password - creating a pass-phrase - can significantly increase the time needed by even the best cracking software, running on the latest six-processor equipped machine, to the point where brute force hacking of pass-phrases becomes impractical.
usecFile generated keys sets are protected by a strong pass-phrase, so keys can be safely stored at-rest or emailed independently of firmware images.
"If you are ever going to store sensitive info on your mobile phone, you must ensure it's protected by a good password - or even better a pass-phrase," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for security firm Sophos.
For example, SpectraLogic's BlueScale Encryption solution encrypts key copies (exported keys that can be stored elsewhere) using a pass-phrase chosen at export time.
But apparently the pass-phrase ``my grandmother was Welsh'' is sufficient for ingratiation.
When Mark receives the secured message, he calls up the SecretAgent program on his laptop, and asks it to decrypt the file based on his pass-phrase.