“It is time to change your password”
What is it about these words that cause you to draw a blank every time? The brain almost shuts down, since your current password seems to be the only “good” password that you can think of. You need something hard to hack or crack, yet easy for you to remember, but you’ve already used “Love”, “Password1234”, your child’s name, your pet’s name, you neighbor’s pets name; this list goes on and on as to what you cannot and should not use. Fortunately, with a little creativity, you can face this “emergency” like a pro.
It’s simple, most of us have a favorite quote that we like, perhaps a motivational is hanging on the wall by your desk. This can be your password, always. Here’s a perfect example:
One of my favorite quotes is “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” By Henry David Thoreau.
We can change that to 4direction2Dreams!: four words then “direction,” 2 words “Dreams” with a capital D and an exclamation point because you are happy to have remembered.
Or we could try Go7.live4imagined: “Go”, seven words, a period, “live” four words, “imagined.”
Even Go7.6HDavidT would work beautifully.
You don’t have to just use quotes. Almost any sentence can be used for this formula; like a favorite song lyric, or the title of your favorite book. Nothing too fancy, but it meets all requirements. The reminder is on your wall, or something you tell yourself all the time. All you need to remember is the quote and which words you used. Easy peasy!
If you’re having trouble coming up with a secure password, or want to learn more about keeping your computer as secure as possible, give the folks at Cyber Express in Boardman a call.