I want a password that is easy to remember and type. That’s exactly the kind of password that hackers like. So, say goodbye to lame passwords and follow these steps in creating strong passwords.
1. Think of a phrase or saying that is easy for you to remember. As an example, let’s use “I Like Bacon”. Take the first letter of each word ILB. Then add a couple of numbers that are easy for you to remember, let’s use 25. Next, add some characters like *#. Finally, add a small letter or two.
Now, that’s a good password! Take these ideas in any order you choose and have fun creating a powerful password.
2. Another idea is to take two words like Black Dress. Insert numbers, characters and small case letters to create your own unique password. Example: *Black#Dress!
3. If you Google “Password Generators” there are several tools that will create passwords for you. These won’t be as easy to remember as in steps 1 & 2. However, they do produce strong, secure passwords.
In some cases you may be limited to 8 or 10 characters for a password. Once you have a good technique for developing great passwords you will never draw a blank again.
It’s really tempting to use the same password for all of your accounts. I recommend using passwords that are completely different for your bank accounts and site access. Everyone who has a website should have their site access. If you don’t have that – ask your web person to provide that to you. Your bank account and website is a prime target for hackers. Keep them at bay with secure, strong passwords.
Choose a date every year and change all your passwords on that date. A date you will remember. A birthday, anniversary, holiday or January 1st.
Do you have a good strategy for creating passwords? Post a comment and we will all learn something from your ideas.