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How to create a strong password you can remember

Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don’t let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months, Clifford Stoll

What should your password be like?

Use Password managers and virtual keyboards (they are more difficult to hack than monitoring real keystrokes) to prevent keylogging (it is the act of recording key presses on a keyboard). Password managers are used to keep all your passwords safe. They store and manage all your passwords, so you don’t need to try to memorize a bunch of unique, complex passwords for all of your personal and work accounts. You only need to remember one password, the one to your password manager. They can generate complex passwords for you. You can also set your password manager to log in to sites automatically.

Some examples are:

  1. KeePass is a free open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager.
  2. BitWarden is an open-source password manager. The free version of Bitwarden offers the core features you need in a password manager. You can get a Birwarden vault with unlimited passwords and sync across all your devices.
  3. LastPass was the most popular password managers on the market, but it is no longer the best free plan. Their users can no longer sync their passwords between multiples devices.
  4. Pass is a free, simple, and popular password manager. It has a command-line interface.
  5. Other options: 1Password, Dashlane, and RoboForm.

Your passwords should be memorable so you don’t forget them, and yet you need to make sure that they are complex enough to protect your accounts. There are common substitutions like $, S or 5 for s/S; 1, Eye, or ! for i/I; @ for a/A; 2 for to; 7 for t/T; 3 for E/e; 0 for o/O; and 8 for b/B.

Besides, you can create a password from phrases, quotes or verses with character substitutions:

After that, you could find a way to change up your password so that you are not using the same password on different websites, applications or services. You can add one, two or more letters to the end, beginning or the middle of the master password that defines or marks the website, e.g., Google, GoJ[3-16]4=13sltO, J[3-16]4=13sltOGo, J3:16FGoGsltW.

Even better, you can count up the number of letters, vowels or consonants that appear in the name of the website or service, e.g., Google, Go6J[3-16]4=13sltO(Google has 6 letters), Go3J[3-16]4=13sltO (Google has 3 vowels and 3 consonants); Facebook, Fa8J[3-16]4=13sltO (Facebook has 4 letters), Fa4J[3-16]4=13sltO (Facebook has 4 vowels and 4 consonants).

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