Tips on creating good passwords using an effective system…
No one is alone in having to remember a ton of passwords for various accounts. A huge majority of people are also guilty of using the same password over and over again. This could be very dangerous!
I have come up with a solution that has allowed me to not have to record every single password anymore and I’ve made each password unique. How do I do it? The trick is to come up with your own pattern of generated passwords.
This is a very simple solution! Once you get into the habit of doing this, it will save you time and headaches! It’s not difficult to start implementing this at all, so let’s get started… Here are the steps for generating your own unique passwords:
Come up with the foundation of the password (at least 6 characters would be good) and make sure it includes both letters and numbers. Choose something that you will remember because you will use it for all your passwords.
Let’s create a password to use as an example. I’ll choose this as my password: thuglife2012
Come up with a solution that will allow you to make all the passwords unique. This solution must be easy to identify, regardless of the account you are creating the password for. Here are some example solutions to give you an idea of what I mean. Choose ONE of these solutions to use for all your passwords (or create your own):
1. Use the first letter of the website address you are creating the password for to integrate into each of your passwords.
2. Use the last letter of the website address to integrate into each of your passwords.
3. Use the second letter of the website address to integrate into each of your passwords.
And so on…
Keep it consistent by choosing one solution so you have a habit of using it. Let’s create an example. I need to create an account for Facebook.com. I’m going to use the first solution listed above for all my passwords. I simply take the first letter of the site, which is “f” and then I simply integrate it into my regular password. To make this example easy, I’ll put it as the first letter of the website for all my passwords. This would make the password: fthuglife2012
In this step, I suggest adding a punctuation. A lot of sites require punctuation in your password because of added security and uniqueness to your password. Choose a punctuation character to use for all your passwords and then add it to end of your password (or wherever you want). Let’s say I’m going to use the dollar sign. This would make my password: fthuglife2012$
Whoalah! You have created a unique password! Let’s do another example. Let’s say you want to create a password for yahoo.com. Your password would be ythuglife2012$.
1. You can spice it up and make your passwords even more unique by adding a capitalized letter to your solution. Let’s say you decide to make the first letter of your password capitalized. Your password for facebook.com would be Fthuglife2012$
2. Obviously, DON’T tell anyone what the base of your password is OR what solution you decide to choose. If someone figures it out, you’re screwed. So it brings us to the next tip…
3. You can add even more security by implementing more than one solution or a different solution depending on the type of site!
Once you get into the habit of doing this, it is actually very easy AND it adds a layer of security by making each password unique! The trick to generating your own password is the solution you decide to use. Since everything you need to create a password for has a website, it is easy to use the domain address somehow. Of course, you can be more creative and go a completely different route. It’s up to you! Just create a pattern that you can remember.