How to create and remember strong passwords

Create and remember stronger passwordsComing up with good passwords is not always that easy. Email, online banking, social networking sites, photo sharing communities, blog editors… they all ask for passwords and it’s hard to create the perfect one –easy to remember, hard to guess- every time.

I’ve had that problem too and I’ve been doing some research on easy ways to create stronger passwords. And guess what: I found some great tips that I’m willing to share with you, so that you can create the best passwords ever. Here we go:

  • Don’t use the same password for everything. This is almost compulsory. Just think about the risk you would run if somebody finds out that only password and breaks into your email inbox –or even worse, your bank account.
  • Avoid obvious words, such as your own name, your pet’s name or even correlative character sequences like abcd or 1234. These are the ones that password crackers try first. Don’t make things so easy for them.
  • How to create a safe, yet easy-to-remember password? Use a pattern. The best way to do it is using a base password plus a combination of letters that refer to the web you’re creating the password for. Let’s say my base password is “amm” and I want to sign up to Softonic; then I could use things like “ammsoic” (base password plus the first and last two characters), “ammsfoo” (base password plus first two consonants and vowels) and so on. You can add numbers and special characters –if possible- to make it even stronger: “ammsfoo#13“.
  • If you think this method is too complicated for you, grab hold of a password manager and let it do the hard work for you. Their usual working method involves saving all your login names and password in an encrypted database and asking for a unique, master password in order to view them.
  • Finally, in case you happen to forget any of all those newly created passwords, don’t worry: there are password revelators such as Revelation, which can help you to recover them by unveiling the text string lying under a row of asterisks.
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