The various massive password leaks of which we are frequently aware, make us consider, more and more, the importance of protecting our access codes on the internet.
Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly), if we go down “to the real world”, it is not so frequent to find users willing to remember complex alphanumeric passwords. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to provide some tricks to create and remember good passwords, without the need to complicate our lives excessively.
The first trick is … let them do it for you
The best trick to create strong passwords and remember them, is not worry about creating or remembering them, although it sounds paradoxical. Thanks to the internet, it is quite easy to create random passwords. We also have excellent password managers that are responsible for storing and entering them on websites for us.
For example, you could create a password from Secure Password Generator, a service we talked about recently. The password that you give us, in our case, $ H @ MA2} jy_Fq ~ c “Z, we will store it in a password manager such as 1Password, and from here we only have to let the service that stores it deliver it to us every time we enter a page.
Creating random passwords and storing them in some third-party service is one of the safest solutions. However, if we do not trust the service that stores them, we will not sleep soundly
The downside of this method is that our passwords go through the manager, and if in any way it is accessed by third parties, our passwords will be exposed. Likewise, if by any chance the manager fails us, by not remembering our password we will not be able to access the if you, so let’s see how to do the process in a more manual way.
Use tricks and easy-to-remember words
Creating a password is an art. Each user has their tricks, as the editors of Engadget show. However, there are some tricks and tips commonly accepted when creating strong passwords.
The first and best known of all, is that of the extension. Its justification starts from one of the simplest mathematical bases, the more characters the password has, the more possible combinations it will take to find out. Starting from this base, which directly collides with the ease of remembering it, we are going to see how to create secure passwords that will not be forgotten.
Generating strong and complex passwords is not that difficult. In fact, sometimes it is enough to follow simple rules such as adding an extra letter
Add the letter ñ It is our first key to add security to passwords, also remembering the characters that we have put. You can place it at the beginning or at the end of it. This is because there are many keyboards that do not have this key, and several of the programs used to try to crack passwords do not have it in their database either.
Your favorite song hack is also a great idea, which is based on convert one of the phrases of your song into a password. If, for example, we choose the phrase “Because maybe, you’re gonna be the one that saves me”, the resulting password would be “Bmygbtotsm”. If you add a ñ to the beginning or the end, even better.
Change letters by numeric characters it can also be a solution. The letter “O” for the number 0, the letter “A” for the 4, the “E” for the 3 … 3ST4 D3M0STR4D0 QU3 NU3STR0 C3R3B40 3S C4P4Z D3 3NT3ND3R 3ST3 TIP0 D3 M3NS4J3S, so it won’t be too complicated for you remember it. In the case of the previous password, we would already walk with Bmygbt0tsmñ, security is improving.
Basing yourself on two or three words that are important to you and combining their beginnings and endings can also help you create a password, or improve the one we were already creating. Let’s imagine that our first word in Genbeta (from which we will take Gen), and the second Engadget (from which we will stay with Ka). It would give us Genka as a result, or G3NK4 if we pass it to alphanumeric characters. Adding these two easy-to-remember words to the password we were already working on curls the curl even more. “G3NBmygbt0tsmK4ñ”.
Just as it is important that the password is long and complex, it is important that it is not universal. Make variations according to the website
It is of little use that the password is secure if we use the same on all web pages. You can create some kind of rule depending on the site you visit. If, for example, you are opening Facebook, you can add the first word that comes to mind such as “Zuckerberg” or “insecurity”, and add it to the end of the password. It is important that have a different password for each website, since this way it will be much more complicated for someone to have access to it, by only being able to obtain it from a if you.