The general public tends to view passwords as nothing more than a nuisance, “You want a number AND a capital letter?  Geeze, pretty soon you’ll be asking for a special character.”  In all honesty, if people had it their way, the only thing a login would ever require is a username – with the browser remembering the username, of course.

And with the release of the newest batch of iPhones and the oh-so-popular fingerprint login, this mindset only stands to get worse.  “You mean you actually want me to type something in to log in?  No, absolutely not.”  While this may seem comical, it doesn’t make it any less true.  No one wants to remember a password, especially a password created from strings of numbers, random capitalizations, and special characters.  That’s like asking you to recite the number Pi.

This being said, it’s still increasingly important to create strong passwords, even ones that may take a little effort to remember.  You see, the stronger your password is, the less likely it is that a hacker will have the skill to crack it.  Plus, if you create your password ‘strategically’, who says they can’t be easy to remember and still maintain the strength and reliability you need?

So, in an effort to get you creating better passwords, here’s a three-part strategy to make remembering those passwords, a little easier.

Consider what you like.

What’s easier to remember than something you like, love, or actively participate in?  Although many security experts recommend not using your favorite football team, a current hobby, or the name of your spouse as a password, there’s no reason you can’t make these things part of your password.  Pick something you like and stick with it.

Create a sentence. 

Use whatever you like most and build, in essence, a ‘home base’ out of it.  For example, say your favorite food is pizza.  Go ahead and create a short sentence out of it – ‘Iliketoeatpizza’ or ‘pizzaissogood.’  Take this sentence and make it grammatically incorrect – but not something too outlandish because that’s when things get hard to remember.

  • Iliketoeatpizza – Ilike2eetpizza
  • Pizzissogood – Pizzaizsogud

The sentence you choose will serve as the ‘home base’ for each account you have.

Build off your sentence.

Once you’ve created a sentence, you’ll want to build off of it and make each account unique.  Doing this will ensure that if one account is hacked, all the rest are not, and you can keep this as simple as you need to.  Here’s an example:

  • Amazon – Ilike2eetpizzaAMAZON
  • Facebook – Ilike2eetpizzaFACEBOOK
  • Etsy – Ilike2eetpizzaETSY

See how simple that is?

To make this pattern more difficult to crack, you can include a random character or number.  There are a few ways to do this and still make your password easy to remember.  As one idea, you could count the number of letters contained in the name of the page – Etsy has four letters, so your password would be ‘4Ilike2eetpizzaETSY’.

 

While this process may seem tedious at first, once you get used to it, you’ll have no problem remembering your passwords and securing your accounts.  However, even if you don’t choose to use this 3-part strategy to create your passwords, it’s always important to note that you actually have to remember your login at a later date – but in no way does this mean that you should ever settle for a password like ‘1234’ or ‘password.’