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For years, the conventional wisdom has been to create passwords that include a combination of numbers, capital letters, and symbols and to change your passwords frequently. As it turns out, that may not be the best way to protect yourself from hackers. In a recentĀ interview with the Wall Street Journal, former National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) manager Bill Burr admitted that a document he authored on creating strong passwords was misguided. New NIST standards recommend using long, easy to remember phrases instead.