Imagine. You’re logging into an online account that you use regularly. You’ve typed your username and password like always, and you’re waiting patiently for the page to load.
But then… You receive some bad news.
“Your password has expired.”
Oh no. You’ve had the same password forever. How are you possibly going to come up with a new one that you can easily remember?
We’ve all been through it. It’s not always easy to come up with a password that is both simple enough for you to recall and complex enough to keep your data safe.
Here are 5 tips to help you next time you’ve got to come up with a new password.
#1) Use an Acronym
Remember when you were in grade school and you were learning about the color spectrum? Your teacher didn’t simply teach you the order of the colors – you learned the acronym ROY G BIV: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.
The acronym makes it a lot easier to remember, right?
You can do the something similar to create a secure password. Think of a sentence that is easy to remember. Then, take the first letter of each word in that sentence and use it as your password. For example, you could use the sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Then, your password would be TQBFJOTLD.
To anyone else, that would just look like a bunch of random letters. But you would be able to remember it easily by memorizing one simple sentence.
#2) Capitalization Variation
When you’re creating a password, you should try to vary the capitalization as much as possible. That’ll make your password a lot more secure.
So, from the previous example using the acronym, you could capitalize every other letter and use TqBfJoTlD instead of TQBFJOTLD.
There are several creative ways you can use numbers to make your passwords stronger.
One option is to stick some numbers right in the middle of your password. It’s pretty common for people to put numbers at the end of their passwords, so putting them in the middle gives you extra security. So, we could take the example password, TqBfJoTlD, and change it to TqBf1234JoTlD.
Did you notice that I put the number between the subject and the verb in the sentence? That’s another way to make it easier to remember.
And you don’t have to use “1234.” In fact, it’s a good idea to come up with your own number. The more digits, the better.
#4) Use Special Characters
Most websites will allow and even encourage the usage of special characters in passwords. Some even require that you use at least one of them.
My favorite is the exclamation point, because it is logically easier to remember. Especially when you use a sentence acronym, like in the example. It’s easy to remember to add an exclamation point at the end, because that’s where it would normally fall – at the end of a sentence.
So the new password, using the acronym, the capitalization, and the numbers, would be:
Looks complicated, right? But it makes perfect sense to you.
This kind of password would make it tough for someone to hack into your account, yet it’s easy for you to remember.
You’ll be amazed by how much this method can amp up your account security and simplify the process of logging in to your accounts.. So, go ahead. Try out these tips and see what you can come up with!