So, how do you have a “strong” password that is easy to remember? While it may seem tough to do this, there are a few simple tips that can make it easy.
Note: the examples below illustrate just the concepts being discussed. No single technique should be used on its own.
The combination of several will produce a strong password.
Use a mix of alphabetical and numeric characters.
Use a mixture of upper- and lowercase; passwords are case sensitive.
Use symbols if the system allows (spaces shouldn’t be used as some applications may trim them away)
Use a combination of letters and numbers, or a phrase like “many colors” using only the consonants, e.g., mnYc0l0rz or a misspelled phrase, e.g., 2HotPeetzas or ItzAGurl .
Pick something obscure:
an odd character in an otherwise familiar term, such as phnybon instead of funnybone;
a combination of two unrelated words like bigbird
An acronym for an easy to remember quote or phrase (see below)
a deliberately misspelled term, e.g., Wdn-G8 (Wooden Gate) or HersL00kn@U (Here’s looking at you).
Replace a letter with another letter, symbol or combination, but don’t be too obvious about it. Replacing o with 0 or a with 2 or i with 1 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
An easily phonetically pronounceable nonsense word, e.g., RooB-Red or good-eits .
Two words separated by a non-alphabetic, non-numeric, or punctuation character, e.g., PC%Kat or dog,~1#
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