Friday August 14, 2009

How To Make Strong, Easy-To-Remember Passwords

I know most of you are capable of coming up with a strong password that you won’t forget but, in case you need help (or want to pass this on to a family member), here is an article that can be helpful. I guess it is time to upgrade that 123456 password I use for everything.

One way to create a password that's hard to guess but easy to remember is to make up a phrase. You could type in the entire phrase (some sites let you use spaces, others don't) or you can use the initials of each word in the phrase, for instance, "IgfLESi85" for "I graduated from Lincoln Elementary School in '85." An even better one would be "MbfihswE&S" for "My best friends in high school were Eric and Steve." You get the idea--upper case numbers, letters, and symbols that are seemingly meaningless to everyone but you.