How to create a secure memorable password system

To help prevent unauthorized access to personal information, many websites now require a password that consists of six or more characters, numbers and letters, and uppercase and lowercase letters. Creating a password that meets the requirements and being something you can remember doesn’t have to be a challenge.

I have created a password system that you can use or modify for your own use to create memorable passwords. The system divides the password into 3 memorable parts that create a secure 10-character password when put together:

Part 1 – First 3 letters of my name: Mar
Part 2 – First 3 letters of the website: Yahoo would be Yah, Google would be Goo, Amazon would be Ama
Part 3 – 4-digit month & year that the password was created/changed 0916

To summarize, my Yahoo password created in September 2016 under this system would be [Mar]+[Yah]+[0916] or MarYah0916. Notice that I use uppercase letters as the first letter of each part for added security.

Benefits of this system are that a different password is used on each website. This is important because if hackers were able to access your password on one particular website, that password wouldn’t work to access your data on other websites. Also, if a website is compromised and users are urged to change their password, you could just change the numbers to reflect the current month & year.

If you keep a written or typed password list, you can just note the name of the website and date without revealing the entire password.

You should use your own variation of this system. Here’s some suggestions:

• Capitalize the MIDDLE or LAST letter in each part

• Use the first 3 letters of your MIDDLE or LAST name, the name of someone special, or your initials.

• For the numbers part of the system, use a 4-digit number from your birth year, graduation year, SS#, phone number or street number. For added security you could use a different number based on the type of website – for example you could use part of your SS# for financial websites, your graduation year for social networking websites, and birth year for everything else.

• Add a special character such as ! ? # at the beginning, end or memorable location in the system.

If you want more ideas for your own password system, you may want to visit the following website for ideas:

http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00001691.html