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
9-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 – Last 3 numbers of my birth year:
To summarize, my Yahoo password under this system
would be Mar + Yah + 968 or MarYah968. Notice that I
use uppercase letters as the first letter of each part for added
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 a particular website, that password wouldn’t
work to access your data on other websites.
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 2 or
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.
You may also want to visit the following websites for
ideas on creating a memorable password system:
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