Creating a Rock-Solid Password
Let’s face it – coming up with a password can be a real pain. First, you have to meet the security criteria, whether that includes starting with a capital letter, a minimum length or including a few underscores here and there.
Whilst it’s true that companies seem to making a big push toward fingerprint scanning (which features on some of the newest mobile phones), the fact of the matter is, password aren’t going anywhere – at least not anytime soon.
Regardless of who you are, it’s crucial to have a “strong and memorable” password.
In order to have a healthy balance of both, there’s a very easy solution:
- Write down a phrase or quote that you like (remember to have a capital letter at the start)
- Take the first letter of each word
- Add 4 digits at the beginning or end
- And voilà!
Don’t believe me? Check out this working example.
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It really is that straightforward.
If you want to go a step further, you could add an underscore between Atibwe and 0603 to look something like Atibwe_0603, which gives you that extra layer of security. Even better, if you feel the password is too short, add a few extra numbers at the end.
But don’t just take my word for it – test some of your own passwords using strength-testing sites sites (such as How Secure Is My Password which says that Atibwe_0603 would take about four-hundred years to crack...).
Obviously, there is some room for error – so as a general rule of thumb it’s good practice to change your password every month or so – which with the formula above shouldn’t be a problem!
And there you have it!
You can now create rock-solid passwords that you can remember with ease.