How to make passwords

by Safe Password Management on March 30, 2011

In this article, we’re going to walk through an example of how to make passwords that are easy to create, safe, strong, easy to remember and have a higher chance of protecting your online information. Notice, we say higher chance because there is no full-proof password scheme. Password selection involves a series of tradeoffs but our goal here is to strive for the best balance between ease of creation and management/remembering and safety/security.

There are two ways you can make passwords that are safe and easy to manage.

  1. Make a secure password and then try to build a mnemonic to help remember that password. If your password is xTmW56!b then you’d try and construct a sentence that incorporated these letters (good luck). If you’re using a password manager or storing passwords in a secure file or document, you don’t really need a password mnemonic and you can simply focus on writing long and complex passwords that use the entire keyboard and then store them in a safe place.
  2. Make a sentence that you can easily recall that contains the potential for character variety. We discuss this technique at length in the safe passwords article on this site.

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