5 Quick Tricks to Create Thousands of Memorable & Secure Passwords
Posted on 8th August, 2007
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
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