Constructing Secure Passwords

Most of us have heard stories about people who used the word, “Password,” as the actual password for their email account. Others have used qwertyuiop and 123456789 as their passwords. Even a kid can break into such accounts—and frequently that’s exactly who does it.

Sites for which security is mandatory usually prescribe that one’s password be of a given length; contain both upper and lower case letters and at least one number. A few will require “special characters” such as #, ^and /.

Problem: how does one remember a password with all those attributes? Tough, eh?

A possible solution: Create a sentence that is #1, easy to remember #2, difficult for anyone to guess and #3, simple to type. You don’t want to spend a full minute typing in your password, do you?

Here’s a personal example: IgfFHSapf#14. Huh? Translation: I graduated from Falkville High School and played football #14. The likelihood that anyone can “break” that password is remote. Even if the person knew where I graduated from HS, the possibility that they would know my football jersey number is more distantly remote . The password (not a real one, by the way—I’ve never used it, and won’t) is easy to remember, easy to type and contains all the elements listed above.

Don’t use your birthday, your dog’s name or your anniversary. All these are too easy to discover.

And, do not use the word, “password” to secure your accounts.



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