Choosing a strong password is always a good idea. However, this often becomes problematic when people come up with a tricky password and then quickly forget it. Follow these tips to make sure yours is both hard to hack and easy to remember.
- Turn a Sentence into a Password
One of the most popular ways of coming up with a strong password is by thinking of a memorable sentence and then turning it into an acronym. For example, ‘I hope that I see a tiger at the zoo today’ becomes ‘ihtisatatzt.
The password itself is not something which could be easily cracked, and yet the sentence is easy to remember. You can even suit the sentence to the website in question since the actual words you pick only contribute one letter each.
- Add Quirky Characters
You’ve probably noticed that most passwords must now include a variety of characters, with a mix of numbers, letters, and symbols often being demanded. This is because hackers can crack passwords by using different combinations. Using a stranger symbol – such as &*@ – within your password essentially throws a curve ball which makes it harder for a hacker to get the right code.
Using the example given above, you could turn ‘I hope that I see a tiger at the zoo today’ into ‘ihtisat@tzt’. You’ll have made your password harder to hack with just a simple alteration.
- Avoid Dictionary Words
If you don’t want to use the acronym method, just be sure that you don’t use dictionary words. There might be a vast number of words which make up the English language, but a hacking program can try each one of them out in a mind-bogglingly short amount of time.
First off, try to string several words together at once. Secondly, try and use a memorable misspelling in order to give your password a unique, unpredictable angle.
- Use Something Close at Hand
It should go without saying that almost every attempt to infiltrate your system will now occur remotely. This doesn’t mean leaving a list of passwords blu-tacked to the wall, but you can use something close at hand to find an effective password.
One of the best methods is using the ISBN code from a favourite book. If you work from home you’ll have that volume right there in front of you, so you won’t be in danger of losing it.