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Your Best Password Tricks

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, Security Help
 
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We told you about our favorite trick for creating a tough-to-crack passwords and asked for your ideas.  Randal’s method involves using a line from a favorite song. Here are some of your suggestions.

Orv uses Google Translate:

“I translate a common English phrase into an obscure language via Google Translate. For example, “today is Wednesday, June 4″ becomes, in Cebuano,”Karon mao ang Miyerkules, Hunyo 4.” Eliminate the spaces and you get
“karonmaoangiyerkuleshunyo4.”

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Other letters, numbers, symbols, etc. can be inserted. The tricky part is remembering the English words and the language into which they are translated.”

Helen draws divine inspiration:

“I’ve adapted the Verse idea to use a verse from the Bible. the first letter and anything pertaining to God is capitalised, and the reference contains a colon and digits. As in: Imitate God therefore in everything you do Ephesians5:1 – becomes:IGtieydE5:1″

Cathryne has a little fun with her method:

“My son-in-law suggested I pick a couple of words that fit that site ie: dangsite, painNpatutee, add number(s)and symbol(s) as needed. I forget far fewer of them since I switched over and nice to know they are harder to find with programs. Change placements of capitals, etc. but keep it so it makes sense to you.”

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Ed tries to mix it up even more:

You can mix in CAPS and non caps by using mnemonics like” Hail Mary full of Grace” or “Mary had a little Lamb” this gives you HMfoG or MhalL and mixing in numbers HM1foG2 or Mh3al4L and the occasional (!) !HM1foG2 makes it even stronger…Numbers in series lets you get away with the deadly same password for multiple sites. 1HM1fo2G for site #1 2HM1fo2G for site #2 etc……

Thanks for all the great suggestions! If you have a suggestion for creating and remembering passwords, be sure to let us know in the comments.

~ Cynthia

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5 Responses to “Your Best Password Tricks”

  1. unkabob says:

    Hey, that’s all fine and good but imagine being one of those workers who must logon and logoff several times a day.. Now imagine having to also type in ‘karonmaoangiyerkuleshunyo4′ several times a day.. Soon comes wrist problems and don’t even think of forgetting one character or failing the sequence.. People want security and protection but they also want simple.. Like me.. Simple SHORT complicated passwords.

  2. John P says:

    Your first example demonstrated how to create a password you’ll probably never be able to use to log on again. The “M” of Miyerkules was omitted. Always proof read passwords before entering them.

  3. Russell Sullivan says:

    Try passwordcard.org. The main page shows a random card with rows of letters and numbers. With this card you can carry all of your passwords with you and if someone finds it they won’t be able to know your password because they will not know where you started with you password (up down of diagonally). Just remember to record your password card’s particular number so you can print a new one if you need one. My passwords are a series of letters (upper and lower case) and numbers with no order to them. Just don’t run your finger along them as this leaves a mark. Might as well circle them. This works great for me.
    Thanks,
    Russell

  4. Earl Melton says:

    My favorite password trick is a little free program by the name of LastPass. So named because it’s “The last password you’ll ever have to remember.”

  5. Jeffrey Wilson says:

    I used the “Dashlane” Password program. It stores username and password and automatically fills them in when I open the login page. It also creates safe passwords. It works with Chrome, IE and Firefox. I use the free version, but there is an upgrade paid version that lets you sync your passwords with your cellphone also.

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