I am sure you have heard this a million times by now. Make your password hard for others to guess but easy for you to remember. Most systems you access today require you to change your password on a regular basis, which can cause you to forget what pet you used last as a password. There is a way to make your password easier for you to remember but hard for others is to access.
Most systems require/recommended that your password:
- is 8 characters or more long
- has a punctuation in it like .,!,@,&, etc.
- has at least one character capitalized.
A way to make sure your password is secure is to do something like the following.
Let’s say in the 90’s you used a password like “puppies.” As you know, today this password would be hacked within minutes. On top of being a security risk, most systems will ask you to change the password, not letting you change it to “puppies” again.
You can change the password “puppies” to look like this:
01Pupp!e$2015. This is easier to remember than you might think.
01 = the current month
Pupp = you’re spelling puppies but you ccapitalize the “P”
! = instead of using the letter “I” you used “!”
e= Is just like you wanted
$ = instead of using the letter “s” you used “$”
2015 = the current year we are in
Now you will always know what month and year you are in, so all you would have to remember is the root password “puppies” and the fact that you change certain characters. Now when it’s time to change your password, just change the date portions to reflect a new year.
Please note, I strongly suggest from time to time changing your root password, which letters you choose to change characters, and capitalize. This will help you ensure your password always stays secure.