Creating Strong Passwords

Creating a seemingly random strong password can be quite simple. If you don’t have a method already you may want to consider using this one.
STEP 1

Think of a “PIN” for your password, this is the part that is same for all of your passwords.
The PIN should be 3 characters or longer, it could be something like 25&
This part should be kept secret and never recorded or disclosed to anyone.

STEP 2

For each of the web sites that you need a password for, create a code that helps you remember what service the password is for.
For example, aMa for Amazon and gMa for Gmail.

STEP 3

Continue the password with a random set of 4 or more characters.
For example, 5689 or DSFR.
You should use different random characters for your different passwords.

STEP 4

As you are only recording part of your password and are not recording what those passwords are for (the code you came up with in step 2 should tell you at a glance what each is for), you can write down step 2 and 3 on a note and keep it safe.

In the above example you would end up with a note with:
aMa5689 and gMaDSFR

STEP 5

When using the passwords, add your PIN to them.
Remember that the PIN should not be written down anywhere.

You can decide on the location of your PIN too.

With the example PIN 25& created in the first step you could end up with 3 passwords that could be:
aMa568925& – or – 25&aMa5689 – or – aMa25&5689
gMaSDFR25& – or – 25&gMaDSFR – or – gMa25&DSFR

By ensuring that your passwords are difficult to obtain or guess you are going a long way to protecting both your business and your personal life from online harm. Keep in mind that the information here is only a general guideline, for specific concerns you should always consult a professional you trust. You can contact us to discuss the Internet security needs of your business if you have any questions or concerns.

2018-05-19T23:03:00+00:00December 22nd, 2014|Security|

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