I always thought I had a pretty good default password (first mistake). It consisted of letters and numbers, and I thought I was pretty clever. Then I started working in IT, and creating passwords for servers and firewalls, not to mention the passwords I create for my blogs and websites. So many different passwords to create, and I want to be able to REMEMBER the passwords I create, so I had to come up with a system where I could use real words that would end up being unrecognizable as words to people trying to crack my password.
Good passwords include ALL of the following:
- At least 14 characters in length
- Use of upper & lowercase letters
- Use of numbers
- Use of special characters
Creating a complex password though can be hard… here are a couple of ways to do it.
1. Think of a sentence and take the first letter of each word. Change vowels to special characters (3 for E, 1 or ! for an I, etc), capitalize anything on one side of the keyboard, lowercase the other.
2. Think of a long word or phrase. Change vowels to special characters, capitalize anything on one side of the keyboard, lowercase the other.
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Sarah Kimmel has spent the last 16 years of her career as an IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com