How to make the Perfect Password

If you are anything like me, you have to constantly ask a site to reset the password. For whatever reason we constantly forget not only our usernames, but our passwords as well.

But, the number one problem for most people- the passwords are too simple. We all want to be able to remember the password so we always choose something we think we will be able to remember. If that sounds like you, STOP and follow these tips for choosing a password.

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  • 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:
    1. an odd character in an otherwise familiar term, such as phnybon instead of funnybone;
    2. a combination of two unrelated words like cementhat
    3. An acronym for an easy to remember quote or phrase (see below)
    4. a deliberately misspelled term, e.g., Wdn-G8 (Wooden Gate) or HersL00kn@U (Here’s looking at you).
    5. 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
    6. An easily phonetically pronounceable nonsense word, e.g., RooB-Red or good-eits .
    7. Two words separated by a non-alphabetic, non-numeric, or punctuation character, e.g., PC%Kat or dog,~1#

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Have a great day,
~Bre