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Tips for Creating a Strong Password

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by Serena (subscribe)
Just a girl spreading the word about all the fun (and probably nerdy) things to do!
Published May 18th 2013
Easy ways to stop hackers from getting in
In this new technological day and age something that everyone should know is how to create a strong password. I know that there are some who say "oh who would try to get into my computer" or "I can't remember a crazy string of numbers" but you never can be too safe.
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Most people think that to make a strong password they need some really smart and complicated combination of letters, symbols and numbers but it really doesn't need to be that hard.

As a first reference, please don't use things like 'password', '1234' or the surprisingly common 'sunshine'. It's also not a good idea to use something like birthdays because they're so simple to look up and are so commonly used.

So how do you make a nice strong password? Well, the first thing you should do is put a capital letter or a number. Changing your password from 'hello' to 'Hello' can make a giant difference, and changing it to 'Hello1' makes it harder still to crack.

Ok, well having 'Hello1' still really isn't that strong of a password, so what's my tip? Make acronyms for things. Pick a first line from your favourite song for example, turning "Now you're just somebody that I used to know" to "NYJSTIUTK" is something you can easily remember but it would take serious luck to guess.

Another easy way to boost your password strength is to alternate letters and numbers or symbols. I know I said not to use birthdays, but if it really works for you, don't just use the numbers, hit the shift key and change those numbers to symbols.
So that the date 12-05-87 becomes 12-)%-87 or 1@-0%-8& and that once again makes it just that much more difficult to guess.

I've personally found that the strongest of all is simply combining them all together, so that you could have something as easy as "I Love My Daughter!" to "ILMD!" and perhaps replacing the 'I' with a '1' or toggling between capitals and lower case such as "iLmD!"

Simple things like these make it super easy for you to remember your password but make it almost impossible for others to guess.
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