Ok, time for me to make a quick explanation on how I make easy to remember, yet totally secure passwords.
A few things to keep in mind about passwords and how to keep them secure:
- NEVER use a string of numbers or letters in sequence (i.e. 1234 or abcd).
- Passwords should be a minimum of 8 characters long. It is now recommended that you use 12 character passwords to balance effort to remember vs security.
- A minimum of one upper and lowercase letter should be used, as well as one number. At least one symbol will increase the strength.
- Avoid using words found in a common dictionary
Now, onto how I create my passwords.
I pick two words that are related somehow and are 4-6 letters in length, same length each for best results, to create a base phrase. For this example, I will use the words blue
. Yes, I know my last bullet was to AVOID using words, but you'll see how this works in a second.
Change one or more letters into a number equivalent. Also consider using a symbol. b1uew@v3
Capitalize at least one letter: b1uEw@v3
The awesome thing I love about this method is that you can reuse the same phrase
but not have the same password by simply changing which letters are capitalized/numbered/symboled.
If you want to add an extra layer of randomness to your password, alternate the letters of the words before you change it up. For instance, I would have started with bwlauvee
and ended with something like bw1@uvE3
Avoid writing your passwords down, even if it is to a site like Aeria. If you write it down someone can find it. If someone can find it they have full access to your stuff. This is why I suggest using a base phrase for your passwords.
Also, change your password every 3-6 months. If it is changed often it is harder for someone to guess what it is.