Back in my magazine editing days, I once needed a file on a colleague’s computer – but he wasn’t there. So I guessed his password. It was his daughter’s name.
One of my friends used to hack into her cheating boyfriend’s email to get the proof he was having an affair – his password was his dog’s name. Another time, I worked with a client who used ‘qwerty’ as a password.
If you’re a blogger, it’s important to have a secure password to your blogging account – even if only because you’re legally responsible for everything that ends up on that blog.
So if you’re using your birthday, your child’s name, your pet’s name or similar then I wanted to tell you about how to make a STRONG password that you won’t forget easily.
First of all, think of a sentence or phrase that’s meaningful to you, and memorable. Let’s say you love a particular line of dialogue from Top Gun – and who doesn’t? “I feel the need, the need for speed.”
We can easily turn this line into a series of letters: iftntnfs
That’s good – but we can make it better still by turning the letters that are in the first half of the alphabet into capitals – mixing upper and lower case makes a password more secure. So we’d have:
That’s even better, but we can add another layer of complexity by turning some of those letters into numbers – so an ‘I’ can easily become a ‘1’ while an ‘s’ is a ‘5’
Now we have:
And just for good measure, we can add a character into this – I think Tom Cruise’s line deserves an exclamation point at the very least. So we end up with the following password, which is almost impossible for someone to guess, but at the same time, very easy to remember:
Simple. Now there’s no excuse for your password to be ‘fluffy’. Is there?