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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I am a mom who can fix your blog, your computer, or your server. I have been in the IT industry supporting small businesses for over 15 years. As a diehard PC and Android user, I can usually be found sparring with Apple fanboys, or watching movies with my family.