Passwords are a necessary evil in our daily life. We create passwords to protect computer, cellphone, documents, files, etc. However, only a strong enough password can really protect information from hacking. On the other hand, it can be a pain to remember a strong password. Then how can you make a password not only strong but also easy to remember. Now here are some essential tips for how to create a strong password that’s easy to remember.
A strong password should meet the following features:
1. At least eight characters long or longer.
2. It includes uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
3. It doesn’t contain a complete word.
4. A strong enough password must not contain easily guessed information such as your birth date, phone number, user name, real name, company name, or pet’s name.
5. It should be different from the passwords you use elsewhere.
People usually can keep firmly in mind their personal dates, interests, significant experiences, etc. If you use these personal information to create a password, it can be easy for yourself to remember, but hard for others to guess.
Considering both the features a strong password should meet and how you can make a password easy to remember for you but hard to guess by others, you can follow the tips below to create a strong password that’s easy to remember.
The best tip for creating a strong and easy to remember password is using a passphrase, which is a short sentence that’s easy to remember for you personally – that describes something about your life, for example. But a hacker cannot know or guess it.
A passphrase can be some meaningful and memorable sentences, such as one significant experience like “I went to college on September 3rd 2010.”, your favorite sentence of a movie like “You are here there is nothing I fear.”, your favorite line of a song like “Wherever you go, whatever you do, I will be right here waiting for you.”, etc.
For example, you can pick the first letter from every word of the passphrase “I went to college on September 3rd 2010.” to create a strong and easy to remember password “IwtcoS3rd2010.”
Sometimes, a passphrase may not include numbers. To make your password stronger, you can change some letters to numbers that’re easy to remember. For example, you can replace an "s” with a “5”, a “2”, or “3”, replace an “L” with a “7” or a “1”, replace a “b” with a “6”, etc.
A passphrase may not include any symbols. To create a strong password, you can change some letters to some special symbols that’re easy to remember. For example, you can change an “I” to a “!”, change an “a” to a “@”, change an “S” to a “$”, etc.
Take myself. I went to college on September 3rd 2010. It’s one of my significant experiences that I can always remember. Pick the first letter from every word in the phrase “I went to college on September 3rd 2010.”, making sure including the upper and lower case, numbers, and keep symbols. So I can create the following password: “IwtcoS3rd2010.” It’s 14 characters long and includes upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbol. It’s a strong enough password. What’s more, I can change the “I” to the symbol “!” to make the password even stronger and harder to crack.
Tips: With the above tips you can create a strong password that’s easy for you to remember. But it doesn’t mean you won’t forget password forever. Once you forgot your password for login to computer, take it easy. You have many options to reset your computer password, such as using a Windows password reset tool. The Document Open Passwords are also easy to recover with some password recovery tool like Office Password Refixer or some other.