21 February 2018 category: business technology
Create strong, hard to crack passwords you can remember in 3 easy steps.
Many company and cloud-based systems have password policies that require the use of numbers, lower and upper case letters, and sometimes symbols (!%&@).
What most people do is take a word that is easy to remember and stick a number or two on the end; or change the letter 'o' for the number zero for example.
But the problem is that passwords based on a word are easy to crack, even with these substitutions.
Create Passwords From A Sentence
A good way to create a strong password, is to base it on a memorable sentence, using the steps below:
Step 1 - Take a memorable sentence
Take a sentence that you are going to remember, that is unique to you. For this example we will take the following sentence:
A good way to create a strong password is to base it on a memorable sentence
Step 2 - Take the first letter of each word
Take the first letter of each word:
A good way to create a strong password, is to base it on a memorable sentence
Extract them to create your strong password:
Step 3 - Replace letters with numbers and symbols
To make it even more secure, replace certain letters with numbers or symbols. For this example we will use the following substitutions:
a = @, s=$, i=!, o = 0 (zero)
(n.b. we will only replace the first occurrence of each character)
So our final secure password becomes:
In next week's blog we will look at using your new strong memorable password, to secure a password vault.
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