Your passwords should always be crafted with the Golden Password Rules in mind – “unique, complex, and memorable, these three, but the greatest of these is memorable.” A quick Google search immediately returns over 49 million results on structuring a secure password. Some of these suggestions are excellent; others, not so much. We’ve compiled some of the most useful password generation tips here. Do not let it intimidate, agitate or frustrate. You have memorized the 26-character alphabet and the 33-word Pledge of Allegiance. Given a memorable teaching method, you can learn the 203 words of the most famous portion of the Declaration of Independence (“We hold these truths . . . .”). Follow the recommendations provided and you will be able to remember a 10-character password regardless of how complex and random it may appear to others. Your created passwords will be memorable because they mean something to you, and they will be secure because they mean something only to you.
Regardless of the password creation method you choose, however, the key is to retain the same password convention. Password consistency is not the same as password uniformity.
Read the other installments of our five-part series:
- Privacy Perils: Refresher Course in Good Password Hygiene, Part 1
- Privacy Perils: Refresher Course in Good Password Hygiene, Part 2 – Your Browser’s Built-in Password Manager
- Privacy Perils: Refresher Course in Good Password Hygiene, Part 3 – Third-Party Password Managers
- Privacy Perils: Refresher Course in Good Password Hygiene, Part 5 – Parting Password Protection Pearls
Check out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.