Making up Secure Passwords

How do you remember all those passwords? This article (originally from New Plymouth Senior Net October 2012 newsletter I think) has some great suggestions. I am not totally sure that this method is totally ideal and secure, but it is certainly way better than what people do now, such as write down their passwords or just use very simple, obvious passwords.

(Some of the Senior Net newsletters have some great info in them – do a search for “senior net newsletters.”)

Here are their suggestions:

“Having just one password for all your computer internet requirements is very dangerous in this online connected world. Keeping the same password for lengthy periods is equally dangerous. Remembering them is a difficulty and writing them in notebooks or on sticky labels tagged on computer screens defeats the purpose.

In this example here’s a way that might help.

· Think of two memorable short words and a number.
First word: cat
Second word: top

· Now a number (maybe someone’s birth year, reversed): 97
· We’ve got cattop97

· Play with upper-lower case combinations.
· Now we’ve got caTtoP97.
· Take this combination and make it the base of your unique passwords

· Your TradeMe account. Grab the first letter of TradeMe, T and the last letter, e
· Combine it with your master password and you get TcaTop97e

· Other examples could be:
For Gmail: GcaToP97l
For Online Banking: BcaToP97g
For iTunes: icaToP97s
Etc, etc

When it’s time to change passwords, maybe four times a year would be good, just think of two more short words and a number to form your master password.”