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Strong Passwords, Hard to Remember? Maybe Not!

A Few Tips to Make Your Passwords Strong and Easy to Remember

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With so many devices and websites requiring strong passwords it is getting harder and harder to remember them or even making it worse by people writing them down so they don’t forget them. With those sites that do not require strong passwords most people tend to use passwords that are based on personal information and are easy to remember. However, that also makes it easier for an attacker to guess or “crack” them.

One way to make it strong is to use random words with special characters. These passwords can be easy to remember and become very complex and strong making them difficult to crack!

So for example lets start with 4 simple words: Saturday catalog fortune fish

  • Saturdaycatalogfortunefish – Here are our 4 words put together as one.
  • SaturdayCatalogFortuneFish – Here we make all words title case (capitalize first letters of all words).
  • S@turd@yC@t@logFortuneF!sh In this we replace letters with special characters – a become @, and i become !, You could make e = #, l = !. It is all up to you to be creative.
  • S@turd@yC@t@log4tuneF!sh Now let’s take it one step further. Lets take Fortune and remove the “for” in fortune and change it to a number. Making it 4tune

This password will work very well and definitely will be considered strong.

Another way you can go is the initial method. Let’s start with a phrase. I Love to play music for sure!

  • [I][l]ove[t]o[p]lay[m]usic[f]or[s]ure! Now we select each first letter. Iltpmfs!
  • Now we take the capitalize every other letter: IlTpMfS!
  • Now lets change out our words that could be numbers – Il2pM4S!
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November 27, 2017
By: Craig Hodgkins CTO
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