How to create strong passwords that you can remember

This page will hopefully go a long way to help you create strong complex passwords that you will not forget. If you struggle to remember passwords and worried about changing and not remember here is a little help for you. A strong password contains letters, numbers, symbols and capitals.

So how do you make a strong password? Follow these steps :

Pick a word of around 6-8 characters you can remember. This can be something meaningful to you if you wish however do not use personal information such as Your name, birthday, address etc. I will choose the word computer as an example as i work with them.

computer

Replace letters from the word will numbers that look like the letters. So for instance o becomes 0 and the e becomes 3. Other letters you could replace could be i for 1, 5 for s, 9 for g.

c0mput3r

Add a symbol at the beginning ... this will never change so you can just remember it. i will choose the pound sign as i spend money in pounds.

£c0mput3r

Now this is still generic. This is the clever bit. Depending on what website you are visiting you can select 2 or 3 letters from the name. Add them to the front end or middle as capitals to make it unique to that site. I will select the last 2 letters of the site and add them to the end of the password. So if it was a password for www.mypchealth.co.uk i would take the th (last to letters... make the capital and add them at the end). The finished password is:

£c0mput3rTH

For other websites maybe hotmail it would be £c0mput3rIL or google £c0mput3rLE. All i need to remember is the word the symbol and what letters i use from the website and where they go.

You can test the strength of the password you created here on the microsoft password checker.

Recap:

Hope that helps in trying to set strong passwords that you can remember.

 

 




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