With password complexity becoming more and more important as computer processing becomes faster and cheaper each day, how can we be expected to adhere to the strict password policies that expert’s layout for us, and still remember all our passwords? Most of us will have passwords for Twitter, Facebook, Hotmail, Gmail, Windows logon and online banking. We also need to ensure that these passwords aren’t duplicated to prevent a snowball effect in the event someone manages to get their grubby paws on one. Then we have the issue that we absolutely can’t use passwords that only have letters, so we need to toss numbers and special characters into the mix( ie. !#$%^&*()) and you must always stay away from using names of pets, family members, dictionary words and other addresses/things associated to you.
So where does that leave us? We have eliminated most of the ways people create passwords and ways they have developed for remembering them. But moving forward, we need to develop new ways of developing and remembering passwords.
Here are some suggestions to consider when creating passwords.
There is the common substitution where you change out a letter for a symbol that looks similar:
- A = @
- S = $
- T = 7
- And = &
This on its own still isn’t enough, but if we combined words, acronyms, dates and use substitutions, we can create a very strong password.
Combining words, acronyms and dates:
- If you have a few animals in your house take the first letter from each of their names in the order you got them.
- Now pick a word that has to do with the account you are creating the password for, if you ‘re making a Facebook password don’t use the word “face” or “book” but something like “social” or “friends” but the more unrelated the word is while still maintaining the connection for yourself the better
- And mix in special characters
Animals: BRE. Word: social, Sisters birth year: 1992
The final product after mixing in special characters: (Bre*$0c1al92). This would be a great password that can be remembered because it has significance to only the individual creating it.
Now that you have created this password you can reuse parts of it to create other passwords such as one for your bank. If we just change the word we use to something like “mykids” (because that’s where all your money goes) we can create another strong password while still utilizing parts of your other passwords so you can have a standard.
A few months later the whole process will need to be repeated to create a new batch of passwords. Many people don’t find creating new secure passwords a whole lot of fun, but keep in mind that you’re are protecting YOUR private information that you are responsible for.
Do you have any tips or tricks for creating stellar passwords? Share them with everyone in our comments section.