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How To Make A Good Password You Can Remember

How To Make A Good Password You Can Remember

We have successfully learned how to create secure passwords, but the passwords are too hard for humans to remember!

Most folks wonder if there a way to make strong passwords that we humans can easily remember, but are hard for computers to guess. The answer to that question is yes!

Read on for tips, tricks, and suggestions on how to make a good password that is easy to remember.

How To Make A Good Password

An amusing image about how to make a good password by xkcd

Nothing is more frustrating for a computer user then passwords. It seems these days we need to have a million different passwords for just about everything we do on the Internet.

Some websites require using upper and lowercase letters. Other websites require upper and lower case letters with numbers. While others require a combination of upper and lowercase letters with various characters.

To make matters worse, some web developers have made their websites where certain characters are not allowed. Consequently, making good passwords that are easily memorized (and then keeping up with them) is enough to make us want to toss our computer right out the window. We need a perfect way to make a password without going through all this.

Finally there is some help for making an individual password policy.

There are ways to create strong passwords that comply with a variety of websites but that are also easy to remember.

But first, don’t be fooled by websites that check your password strength. These websites say that it takes a million years to guess your password but what they don’t tell you is that it takes a million years for a single computer to guess your password.

These days modern hackers use distributed computing or botnets to guess your password and they are getting very good at it. A botnet is a string of many hundreds or thousands of computers linked together working as one to solve a single problem; such as guessing your passwords.

Botnets can guess passwords in a significantly lower amount of time. For example:

A user-selected eight-character password with numbers, mixed case, and symbols, with commonly selected passwords and other dictionary matches filtered out, reaches an estimated 30-bit strength, according to NIST. 230 is only one billion permutations and would be cracked in seconds if the hashing function is naive. When ordinary desktop computers are combined in a cracking effort, as can be done with botnets, the capabilities of password cracking are considerably extended.

As we can see, the days of using 8 character passwords are over. It’s because a dozen or so kids can get together with their friends and create a bot net just to guess your password. They do it for fun. Criminal gangs hijack thousands of computers and link them together to guess your passwords too. They do it for profit. There is a lot of money to be made stealing your personal information, or worse, stealing your money. This is why using a good password list is no longer adequate.

This is also why everyone should re-think the way they use passwords. If you use a short password and never change it, well, it is just a matter of time before you get hacked.  So here is how to make a good password:

 

Creating a well designed pass that you can easily recall takes practice.

Here Is How To Make A Good Password

Make a phrase and then turn it into a difficult password:

Suppose your daughter is named Mary and your Son is named Robert. Mary was born in 2005 and Robert was born in 2000. They both love milk.

You could make and remember a password using a phrase. Like this:

Mary 2005 and Robert 2000 and milk.

Now turn it in to a strong password like this:

MarY2005&RoberT2000&(m|lk)

The first and last letter of the names are capitalized. The word “and” is represented by the “&” symbol. Then put “milk” in parentheses but use the “pipe symbol” | for the letter L. The pipe symbol is the ‘shift’ key and the first key under the backspace key.

While it is best to not use common names, or words found in a dictionary, this type of password is significantly stronger than using something like “maryandjohn1” More on making passwords without using common names below.

Here Is Another Method To Use To Turn A Sentence Into A Password.

Phrase: Robert 2000 and Mary 2005 love to drink milk in the year 2016

Now use the first letter of each word with the full number to make a password.

Password: R2000aM2005ltdmity2016

These passwords are very strong but you can do better.

This is how the password can become even stronger when you substitute characters for words.

For example:

@ = at

+ = plus

! = wow

# = pound

^ = up

0 = o (zero = o)

You get the idea.

Using the characters above and our children’s name let’s create an even stronger password

Mary+R0bertate#cake^stairs@12AM

The phrase to remember is:

“mary and robert ate pound cake up stairs at 12am”  (The o in robert is actually a zero)

As we can see creating a long and difficult password is not hard to do. All it takes is some ingenuity and creativity. With practice you will think up very complicated passwords using phrases that only you can remember.

OK, let’s kick it up a notch. Here is an example of a very complicated password using the tricks shown above:

gh@5{p>C}Wh@6mC@7

Can you guess phrase? No? That’s good because it should only make sense to the person who made it.

Here is the phrase with its matching password:

Phrase:

get home at 5 park CAR Watch hulu at 6 make COFFEE at 7pm

Matching password:

gh@5pCWh@6mC@7pm

That is an 16 character password using a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and characters. It can be remembered using a phrase that only you know. It is a great way to make a good password you can remember. It is the best method to use because it does not use any common names found in a dictionary.

Best of all,  a botnet would have a very difficult time guessing it.

Here is a link to a strong password generator and more info on how to make a good password. Give it a try.

http://passwordsgenerator.net/

We hope these tips and tricks on how to make a good password helps you create strong passwords that are easy to remember.

This has been how to have a good password that is easily to recall. Good luck!