Create strong, hard to crack passwords you can remember in 3 easy steps.

Many company and cloud-based systems have password policies that require the use of numbers, lower and upper case letters, and sometimes symbols (!%&@).

What most people do is take a word that is easy to remember and stick a number or two on the end; or change the letter 'o' for the number zero for example.

But the problem is that passwords based on a word are easy to crack, even with these substitutions.

Create Passwords From A Sentence

A good way to create a strong password, is to base it on a memorable sentence, using the steps below:

Step 1 - Take a memorable sentence

Take a sentence that you are going to remember, that is unique to you. For this example we will take the following sentence:

A good way to create a strong password is to base it on a memorable sentence

Step 2 - Take the first letter of each word

Take the first letter of each word:

A good way to create a strong password, is to base it on a memorable sentence

Extract them to create your strong password:

Agwtcaspitbioams

Step 3 - Replace letters with numbers and symbols

To make it even more secure, replace certain letters with numbers or symbols. For this example we will use the following substitutions:

a = @, s=$, i=!, o = 0 (zero)
(n.b. we will only replace the first occurrence of each character)

So our final secure password becomes:

Agwtc@$p!tbi0ams

In next week's blog we will look at using your new strong memorable password, to secure a password vault.

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