A SAFER WAY
How to easily create unique passwords…
Everyone has done it at one time or another, and some people are still doing it. I’m talking about the practice of re-using the same password for multiple websites or services that require authentication.
My advice would be to stop doing it right away.
Considering the current reality of the online world and how often major corporations experience security breaches both recently and in the past, (Sony, Symantec, Equifax) re-using the same password, even on two entirely unrelated websites is a huge no-no.
One strategy to make passwords unique is to use the name of the service you are logging on to as the basis of the password, except that you change up some of the characters, similar to how four letter swear words are depicted to the general public.- F#%!. It’s also a good practice to add a string of numbers or symbols on the end of the password.
To make the password even more random and secure, use numbers or symbols that resemble or conjure the letter:
The letter “a” becomes @
the letter 0 becomes 0 – that’s a zero
the letter “i” becomes ! or 1
the letter B becomes 8
These are just a few common replacements
Random capitalization of some of the letters is also a good tactic. Using and expanding on this technique, an example of a secure Facebook password could be:
and a secure Twitter password could be:
Finally, store your passwords in a password protected, encrypted database on your PC (known as a “password manager”). This is a must, as the Outlook notes feature and Microsoft Word documents offer little or no security. You can search the Internet for “local password manager” – I’ve included a link at the bottom of this page.
Remember – secure, unique passwords are part of a “Worry-Free” computing strategy!
Here’s a link to a review of four local password managers: