These days, it seems like everything “online” requires a password. For websites like PayPal, it’s crucial to have as strong of a password as possible, for obvious reasons. One popular trend that many people have taken to is the use of password generators. Password generators work by randomly generating passwords, consisting of scrambled letters and numbers.
Although this method does work great for creating strong passwords, it does have one downfall. The passwords are difficult to remember. If you want to create a strong password, that’s easy to remember, check out the following tips. No software required.
1. Make the password easy to remember.
Everyone has probably had to do a “forgot my password email” at one point or another. With all of the various websites that we use, it can be difficult to remember every password for every site. For easy to remember passwords, consider making the website name itself part of the password. For example:
You are creating an account with Photobucket. You need a password specifically for your Photobucket account that’s easy to remember.
Your password could be something like: phobuck
Creating a password for a website, that has some similarities to the website name itself, serves as a handy reminder.
2. Use a combination of numbers, letters, and other characters
When creating passwords, it’s always wise to use combinations of numbers and letters. If the website allows other characters, you can make use of them as well. Here is an example of a password with a good use of numbers, letters, and other characters:
Notice that the pattern of this password is letters, numbers, letters, numbers, other character /, numbers.
3. Use capital letters
If the website allows case sensitive passwords, take advantage of it. Using both capital and lowercase letters in your password will make it a bit more complex, = harder to crack. Here is an example of capital letters in a password:
This example uses two capital letters with ideal placement, at the beginning of each word (abbreviation).
4. Make your passwords at least 10 characters long
Longer passwords are harder to crack. Password breaking programs, such as some brute forcers and some alphabet attacks, work by deciphering one character at a time. If you create a password that is 15 characters long, not only will it be more complex, but it may also throw off the accuracy of some password breakers.
5. Avoid Orders and Keyboard Sequences
If at all possible, try not to use any type of keyboard sequences when creating a password. For example, you would not want to have “1234” in your password. Although it’s good that you are incorporating numbers, it’s not good that you are using the numbers in chronological order. The same goes for letters. Do not use “tuvwx.”
By following all of these steps, you should be able to create a strong password that’s easy to remember. Including all 5 steps in your password is not really necessary. However, be sure to include at least two of them for a good password.