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How to Create a Strong Password

Everyone is always told that they need to create strong passwords for their computers or other applications but would you believe that the top five most common passwords are:

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. 1234
  5. qwerty

The main reason that these passwords are used is because we have a lot of passwords and it’s really hard to remember them all.  Here are a few tips for creating strong passwords that can be remembered easily.

Strong passwords should have the following characteristics:

  1. It should have a combination of numbers, capitals and special characters
  2. Have a different password for each account you use (never mix personal and work passwords)
  3. Use two factor authentication whenever possible
  4. Use a secure password manager such as Passwordstate and Lastpass

With all of the above in mind, here are some tips on creating strong passwords that are easy to remember:

  1. Take the first letter of a favourite song, book or movie.  So if you are a fan of The Fast and the Furious 2 you could start with “Tfatf2”
  2. You can then increase the complexity of the password by swapping letters for numbers (zero for O or 3 for e or 1 for l’s).  In this case we will swap the t for a 7 so we now have “Tfa7f2”
  3. We now need to look at adding a special character or two.  We can swap the “a” for @ and add a ! to the end so our password is now “Tf@7f2!”
  4. Ideally we want at least 8 characters so we have a couple of options to make it longer:
  5. The movie came out in 2003 so you could just add that to the end to be “Tf@7f2!2003”
  6. It was also called 2 Fast 2 Furious so you could add those first letters and get “Tf@tf2!2F2F
  7. You could also turn it into a phrase “Tf@tf2!istheb3st”

If this is still too hard to remember, then you could look at using the registration number of our car still mixing up capitalisation of letters and adding a few special characters or if that is still too much look at getting a secure password manager which can not only store passwords but also generate them for you as well.