You have probably read many pieces of advice regarding your passwords, particularly the importance of having a fairly complicated password that hackers would not easily guess.
The problem is, of course, that if you make it complicated and hard to guess, it is also impossible to remember it yourself.
So I’d like to share with you a way of generating a seeming complicated password that is also very simple for you to remember.
First, pick a word or a phrase that has meaning to you. Maybe the street you grew up on, or your high school mascot. Anything that easy for you to remember that most people wouldn’t think of.
Let’s assume that your high school sweetheart was named Chris, and Chris was born on 1/15, and that is what you want to use to generate a password.
First, you write down the name, leaving out any spaces, and alternating each letter between upper case and lower case, like this:
Since most passwords are case sensitive, that is already getting a bit complicated for anyone who doesn’t know your old flame. And of course, you can make it as long or as short as you wish.
Now take that birthday, punctuation and all, and “sprinkle” it over the word you generated, like this:
Look closely and you will still see Chris spelled out in alternating letters, and the 1/15 interspersed.
Now that is a complicated password that you will never have trouble remembering. And it will satisfy the requirements of many systems that require at least 1 capital letter, 1 lower case letter, a number, and a punctuation mark.
Just as a tip, don’t try to memorize this in its final form. Type it out the way we did it here by typing the name first in alternating caps, then go back and use your arrow keys put the numbers in. You’ll be surprised how fast you will become typing it.
Want to do something far more complicated? Just pick longer names and numbers. I’ll leave it to you to find words and numbers that work best for you.
Hopefully, this has given you some ideas on how to further protect yourself without making things too much more complicated for yourself. Experiment some – see what you come up with.
About the Author
Ken Butler is the founder and manager of Evolution Agency Management, LLC an Agency Management System. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. If you would like to share your feedback, please drop an email to Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org.