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How to Create an Easy to Remember, Secure Password

January 14, 2010 by Eric Weidl

We take security very seriously at Intersites. Passwords are a key piece of the security puzzle. Common or easy-to-guess passwords are a serious problem. Fortunately, it’s easy to come up with a strong password. The process is easy. Instead of using your child’s, pet’s or spouse’s name as your password – all of which are weak and easy to guess – use them in a sentence, then use the first letter of each word in the sentence for the password.

For example, instead of using “hunter” as your password, make up a sentence like “my black lab hunter loves playing frisbee”. Now, take the first letter of each word ('mblhlpf') and use that for your password.

Another variation on the same concept is to take a favorite affirmation and use it to make your password: “the early bird gets the worm” becomes “tebgtw”. For an even more secure password, substitute a number or other symbol for one or more of the characters in the password. For example, replace any I's in your password with ! and any S's with $. A more secure version of "Iwhasfl" ("I will have a salad for lunch") is "!wha$fl".

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