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5 Quick Tricks to Create Thousands of Memorable & Secure Passwords

August 8, 2007 by  

Perhaps, the easiest way to ‘remember’ all your passwords is to use password manager software like RoboForm. Alternatively, the built-in password manager in most browsers should suffice most for most people.

However if you are after something more natural that involves the use of your memory, here are some tips to help you out.

Using your memory has its advantage in that you can still login to any website even from a computer that doesn’t have access to your password manager data.

The following are five quick tips to help you create a secure and easy to remember password. Most of the tricks involved coming up with a general rule and use it to generate a password that appears to be random.

 

Consonants & Vowels

Choose a base password and combine it with the first two consonants and the first two vowels of the domain name. If your base password it QWER, for mail.yahoo.com the first two consonants are ML and first two vowels are AI, so your password would be QWERMLAI

 

Words Shifting

This technique involves shifting a word up, down, left or right one row on the keyboard. Choose a base password then combine it with the shifted words of the service name.

In case of Blogger.com and with a base password say ASDF, just use the keys to the left of the keys in BLOGGER to produce VKIFFWE. So your password would be ASDFVKIFFWE

 

Use Your Date of Birth

Select a base password; say your nick name that not many people know of. Then combine it with the first three letters of the domain name and transform any other letter into your date of birth.

If your secret nick name is TUDOI, your password for Amazon.com in its initial form would be TUDOIAMA. Then transform every other letter into your date of birth. If you are born on 1 January 1980 (1180), your final password would be T1D1I8M0.

To make you password more secure, instead of using an easily identifiable numbers such as your date of birth, you could use the time of your birth.

 

Create Acronyms from Your Favourite Song

This method involves creating acronyms from words in a song or any other phrase that has meaning to you and combines it with the first and last letter of the domain name and the number of character in the domain name.

Say your favourite song is Home by Chris Daughtry, you can use the “Well I’m going home” WIGH, You password for Sabahan.com would be WIGHSN7

 

Use a Phrase That Has Numbers In The Middle

Come up with your own acronym from a phrase that has numbers in the middle. Then combine it with the first and last letter of the domain name.

For example the phrase “I have three sons and two daughters” would become IH3SA2D. In case of PayPal.com, your password would be PIH3SA2DL.

 

You should not use the example passwords above as your own as they have been published publicly.

Keep in mind that each service has its own password requirements in terms of characters allowed and length. You could combine these rules or create your own rules that suit your needs.

To create better and secure password, you should

  • Include both uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Include alphabetic characters (A-Z), numbers(0-9) and symbols (@#$%^&())
  • Do not use a dictionary word or common name
  • Create a password with at least 6-8 characters
  • Change your password frequently

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13 Comments »

Comment by chrisblogging.com
2007-08-09 00:55:52

A unique password for each of your accounts is very important. And of course, you should change this often…

 
2007-08-09 06:10:18

It’s unfortunate that most people take the easy way out and don’t create hard to guess passwords at all. I think using your date of birth is a really bad idea, most IT and Security firms advise using anything from your life that would be easily guessable by someone trying to steal your identity, such as birthdays, your address, your phone number, etc. If you use numbers in your password (and you should), they should have no significance that’s easy enough for a stranger to guess.

Good tip thought – more people should develop a strong password, and a routine for changing it regularly!

Comment by Gaman
2007-08-09 09:22:03

I agree – that’s why I recommended using time of birth to make even secure password. Besides the numbers are used in a way that they don’t resemble date of birth.

 
 
2007-08-09 09:36:04

ahhhh – good point, thx!

 
Comment by Wahlau.NET
2007-08-10 01:22:15

it is easy to make secure password…but hard to remember them

 
Comment by chrisblogging.com
2007-08-10 01:33:43

I find myself writing down new passwords everyday of the week. Trying to remember them in my head is out of the question!

 
Comment by Charles Lau
2007-08-10 03:40:55

Interesting concept you have… There are way too many passwords for any Internet user to remember already!

 
Comment by adib
2007-08-10 23:25:28

Nice sharing. I currently use firefox password manager where ppl can easily know my password if they have access to my PC.

I like method number 1 and 4. The shifting method really not practical at all. You have to think before you want to type the pass.

Anyway thanks for the idea. My passwords will not be the same again after this.

Comment by Gaman
2007-08-15 12:05:31

It has it advantage in that your password is secure but memorable. But obviously it’s not for everyone

 
 
Comment by papajoneh
2007-08-15 11:18:10

great tips again!
For me, I just use my random pswd generator… i just hold one master keyword … so far, successful :D

 
Comment by ben
2007-08-19 16:51:40

i used only the password that can easily remember but hard to guess for the hackers lols…

 
Comment by Jeff
2008-09-23 15:00:08

I’m using Cute Password Manager to storage all my passwords and log me into all my web sites with 1-click.

 
Comment by hitadz Subscribed to comments via email
2009-01-16 17:09:58

Creating a secure password is not hard at all… But thanks for the tips…

 
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