Whether you’re using online banking or just checking email, it’s important to keep your information private and secure. One way to stay protected online is by creating strong passwords. An ideal password is long and has letters, punctuation, symbols and numbers that you can remember without writing down. The more complex your password is, the harder it will be for criminals to guess and gain access to your accounts. Using a different password for each site you use and avoiding sequences (1,2,3 or a,b,c) or information such as your birth date in your password will also help protect your identity and personal data.
Step 1: Identify a memorable phrase.
Before creating a password, think of a sentence or two that is meaningful to you and you can easily remember.
Example: My youngest son Joey taught me how to create a secure password.
Step 2: Create the base of your password.
Turn your sentence(s) into a row of letters using the first letter of each word. This way, any time you need to type in your password you can think of your sentence and remember which letters to use.
Step 3: Use a variety of upper and lower case letters.
Make your password more complex by capitalizing certain characters. One option, so you don’t forget which letters are capitalized, is to use upper case letters for only the first or second half of the alphabet (A-M or N-Z).
Example: (with first half of alphabet upper case): MysJtMHtCAsp
Step 4: Finish by adding more characters.
Finally, add symbols, punctuation and numbers to the beginning and end to make your password even longer. This is optional. However, the longer your password, the stronger it will be.
Of course, this is only one option; you can also use letters from a favorite song, quote, etc., that you will remember to create a strong password. Note: Since this example has been used in this article, do not use it as your actual password.