How To Make A Super-Secure Password
How to Create The Most Secure Passwords
1. Choose a phrase or sentence with at least 10 words (or a mix of words and numbers) that's memorable for you. It might be a song lyric or a book passage. As an example, let's say you come up with the sentence below:
2. Uppercase the first letter of each word. Now you haveMDSAKCI2006. Swap in symbols or numbers for a few of the letters. So the letterScan become$, and theAcan become@. Then it reads[email protected].
3. Lowercase one or two of the uppercase letters where you think it makes the most sense (soDcould becomed), making the password[email protected]. This way, your password is not only secure, but should also fit any website's password requirements. Now you have a password that's tough to crack— hooray! But for safety reasons you should not use the exact same password for every website. Next, it's a good idea to…
Customize your passwords
Take letters from the website URL you're using and add them to the basic password you just created. You could use the first and last two letters of the name of the site. For Amazon.com, for instance, take the first two and last two letters of the URL:AMandON. Put them on either side of your password. You'll get:[email protected] 2006ON. All you really have to remember is your base password, because it's the foundation for all of them.
Do the same for all your websites
That's it! Now you have a different password for every site that's easy to recall. So take 20 minutes to redo your current passwords and you can log on with confidence. Still worried you won't remember? Read on for what to do.
Your just-in-case backup plan:
Save a typed listto the cloud
If you have your passwords listed in a Microsoft Word or Excel file on your computer, move it onto an encrypted cloud-based storage program like iCloud.com or OneDrive.com. You'll just need to remember the log-on information you use for that cloud service. Or you can print it out and store the list somewhere secret, away from your computer.
Use a password-manager app
There are new apps that can store your passwords, while others create unique ones for you—either way, they'll automatically be entered when you log on.
SOURCES: Michael Kaiser, executive director, the National Cyber Security Alliance. Larry Magid, CEO, connectsafely.org. Gary S. Miliefsky, cyber-security expert, and CEO, SnoopWall.
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