Form a “random” sequence of words and/or letters. Create a phrase or series of letter that is seemingly “random” but is easy to remember. Call this your “base-word.”
- Example: My children are Jessie, Cassey, Michael and Jenny, so my base-word becomes “jecamije”.
- a deliberately misspelled term, e.g. Wdn-G8(Wooden Gate) or HersL00kn@U(Here’s looking at you).
Use a mix of alphabetical and numeric characters.
- Example: Add the ages of the children to the end making it “jecamije22191612”.
Use punctuation and symbols to “complicate” it further.
You can replace a letter with another letter, symbol or combination, but don’t be too obvious about it. Replacing o with 0 or a with @ or i with ! is something that hackers just expect. It is definitely better than nothing, but replacing 0 with () would be stronger as it makes your password longer and is not as obvious. Example: Add random punctuation to create “jecamije_22191612”.
Use a mixture of upper- and lowercase; passwords are case sensitive.
- Example: Take advantage of adding capital letter to create “JeCaMiJe22191612”.
Choose something that is easy to remember.
One way to do this is to pick a phrase you will remember, pick all the first or last letters from each word and then substitute some letters with numbers and symbols. You can then apply capitals to some letters (perhaps the first and last, or second to last, etc.) You could also perhaps keep or add punctuation. Here are some examples:
|So long and thanks for all the fish”||slatfatf||5L@tf@tF|
|“Best Series Ever: Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth”||bsetgsot||B53:tg’Sot|
|“You Can’t Have Everything. Where Would You Put It?”||ychewwypi||Uch3Wwup1?|
Generate similar but altered passwords. Use the same or similar base-words to help you remember your passwords easily without making them “too” easy to crack.
- Example: “JeCaMiJe_22191612” can become “mykidsJeCaMiJe-90807060” or “12161922*JeCaMiJe”.
If you are selecting a password for a website, you may want to incorporate the first few letters of the website name into your password so that every password is different and if one gets out, you don’t have to change them all. This approach has good and bad points.
For example, if you have a standard password like B53:tg’Sot (see above) that you like to use most places (this not recommended), you may modify it by placing the first and last letter of the website around it: