How to choose an easy to remember strong and secure password

By Sudipto   September 19, 2012

Below are two list of worst passwords that you can ever have. If you find your password in the below list then please change your password immediately. You must be thinking how to create an easy to remember strong password. Well by the end of this article you will be able to create a unique password for every account that will take millions of years for a hacker to break it.

List compiled by SplashData

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. monkey
  7. 1234567
  8. letmein
  9. trustno1
  10. dragon
  11. baseball
  12. 111111
  13. iloveyou
  14. master
  15. sunshine
  16. ashley
  17. bailey
  18. passw0rd
  19. shadow
  20. 123123
  21. 654321
  22. superman
  23. qazwsx
  24. michael
  25. football
List compiled by  Imperva

  1. 123456
  2. 12345
  3. 123456789
  4. Password
  5. iloveyou
  6. princess
  7. rockyou
  8. 1234567
  9. 12345678
  10. abc123

Mozilla has come up with a simple video that will show you how to make easy to remember yet very hard to crack passwords. With just 3 steps you will have a different strong passwords for different websites/logins that you have.

1. Start with a familiar phrase and extract the first character of ever word

e.g.  Once Upon A Time There Was A Brave Warier”

so the base password would be [ ouattwabw ] – which is of course not a dictionary word and also easy to remember as you need to remember the phrase and not the abbreviated password

2.Add special characters to the beginning and to the end of the password (!@#$%^&*)

For our above generated password it would be something like [ #ouattwabw$ ]. Just add any special character of your choice to the beginning and to the end of the password.

3. Customize for each website

Now just add an abbreviated or short code for the site to the end of the password to generate a all together new password for different accounts.

like for Facebook – #ouattwabw$Fbk, for Gmail – #ouattwabw$Gml,  for Twitter – #ouattwabw$Twr

4. What next? – Lets check the strength of our password

Here is a cool site that calculated the strength of your password if someone tries to crack it using a normal desktop PC.

Website:  howsecureismypassword.net  – I tested the above generated password using just 3 simple steps and the result shows that it will take 290 Million years to break the password. The hacker will die before he is able to break your password.

If you did not follow the above instruction properly then just watch the video below.

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