How to Choose Safe, Unique Passwords

It’s a question that everybody wonders about at some point in time, and one that most people can’t figure out. A large majority of us simply use the same password for each and every website that we sign up to, and we all know that this is a critical mistake as it is not very secure.

Think about it, some rogue employee at some random company whos website you sign up for, can take your username and password, then try them at other important websites, including online banking accounts!

You could have a unique password for each and every website that you sign up for, but then you have to keep a list handy at all times because it is nearly impossible to remember them all. This is certainly not easy.

So here are a few solutions

There is more than just one solution to this problem, and they are quite useful. We should first talk about how secure any REGULAR password should be. Most sites require you to adhere to certain restrictions when creating a password. Here are the most important things to pay attention to:

  • Between six and twelve characters
  • At least one number
  • At least one capital letter
  • Does not included your name or username

Make sure that your regular password adheres to these policies and read on for tips on altering this password to make is even more secure.

Add the year to the end

It’s always a good idea to update your password often. A great way to know the age of your password is to tack on the last two digits of the year to the end. If your regular password looks like this:

Passw0rd

then you can simply add on the numbers of the year to the end of it to make it look like this:

Passw0rd06

Now, you have made your password both more secure and you can tell how old it is. However, we haven’t addressed the problem of creating UNIQUE passwords at different websites. Making your password unique and rememberable is the most important part of keeping your information secure.

Create passwords based on the abbreviation of the website

Each website that you are on has its own unique initials. If you use these initials in the creation process of your passwords, you can achieve a comfortable level of security while keeping it easy enough where you won’t have to look it up.

For example, if you wanted to create a password for this website, you would want to use your original password, then tack on the initials “dm” someplace. You could make it look like the following:

Passw0rddm

And that is only 10 characters right there, which is acceptable by most all websites. You can do this with plenty of other websites… Paypal would be pp, amazon would be az or ama, it’s all up to you. And if you thought that was secure, here are also other variations of doing this.

You can mix up the formula in which you add your letters or numbers

Whether you chose to use the formula for the year or the one using the abbreviation of the website, you can change the formula in which you add them. For example, rather than using the formula (password + intials) you can use (initial1 + password + initial2). The same goes for using the year to determine the age of your password. If this still isn’t secure enough for you, there is one more solution that I have come up with.

Combine the ideas above

To be the most secure of all, you will want to COMBINE the ideas above. This will allow you to:

  1. Tell the age of your password
  2. Have a unique, secure password for each website

So lets say that your regular password that you came up with was:

Passw0rd

We can take than and tack on the year as above, coming up with:

Passw0rd06

Then, we can add a unique identifier using the initials of the website, such as this website:

dmPassw0rd06

Even further, if we mix up the way in which we add these numbers, we will achieve an even more secure result. Lets use the example of (initial1 + year1 + password + year2 + initial2) to come up with the following:

d0Passw0rd6m

Final Words

And there you have it, a completely secure, and user friendly, unique password tip. I’ll leave it up to you to alter this method as much as you want to, the possibilities are endless! But, however you choose to use this information, you’ve taken a step to keeping your password safe and secure, while not making to so secure that you won’t remember it. How about that?

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