We live in a virtual world where everything is done on the internet, be it banking, business, socializing etc. In such a scenario the security of our money, assets, data is dependent on one prime entity, PASSWORD!
Password theft and safety from hackers are prime concerns of every individual at this point of time. And face it, having “qwerty” or “batmanforever” as your password and using same password for all online accounts are not safe practices anymore.
Hence, here are a few steps that you can follow to create safe and memorable passwords:-
1> You should not use names of your family, relatives, pets, etc. Forget using important dates like- birthdays, anniversaries, graduation dates, etc.
2> Pick a PHRASE that is memorable to you such as “Add Sugar To Coffee” or “Four Score And Seven Years Ago” or something else that might be meaningful to you. The Bible or Geeta verses are a great idea. It would be best if you can find a phrase that has a NUMBER in it or words like TOO, TO, FOR, ATE, etc that can be turned into numbers (just like text messaging).
3> Use the 1st letter of each word and capitalize the first or last letter in the string of characters. For example, above, “Add Sugar To Coffee” would become ASTC and “Four Score And Seven Years Ago” would be FSASYA.
4> If you have numbers in your phrase, use them —“ Four Score And Seven Years Ago” would finally become 4Sa7ya (notice the two numbers plus the “S” was capitalized as the first letter in the string).
We’ll use 4Sa7ya (base password) for the rest of this example.
Now here’s the perfect way to make your password UNIQUE to each and every site you use, so that if one of them gets compromised, you won’t be at risk regarding all your other online accounts:
1> Take the first and last letter of the website you’re registering for. For example, PayPal would be “P” and “L“, Hotmail would be “H” and “L”.
2> Capitalization rules should be of your choice, but pick one and stick to it. Either capitalize both, one or the other, or none.
3> Pre-pend the base password (4Sa7ya in this case) with the LAST letter and post-pend it with the FIRST letter.
PayPal’s password would become L4S7yaP.
Yahoo’s password would be: O4S7yaY
Gmail would be: L4S7yaG
eBay would be: Y4S7yaE
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Just a few precautionary steps and smart thinking could help you survive in this open and unsafe online world plus help you remember your password for ages!
Well, you don’t want your heart to sink when your computer screen flashes- “LOGIN FAILED”!