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Six Easy Steps for Creating a Strong Password From a Sentence

 

Following these steps will help you create strong passwords that you can remember easily.

Steps

Examples

1.

 

Think of a unique and unusual sentence that you can remember and that contains the same number of words as the desired password length.

My dog Spot is eight years old now (eight words)

2.

Substitute numbers for any applicable words.

My dog Spot is 8 years old now 
“8” substituted for “eight”
Note: other common substitutions: “4” for “for,” “2” for “to,” etc.

3.

Use the first letter of each remaining word in the sentence to create a new lowercase “word.”

mdsi8yon

4.

Modify this by substituting upper and lowercase letters.

Mdsi8yoN
uppercase “M” and “N” substituted for lowercase letters

5.

Substitute some special characters that “look like” or remind you of letters to make this password even stronger.

Md$!8y0N 
dollar sign ($) substituted for the letter “s”
an exclamation point (!) substituted for the letter “i”
the number zero (0) substituted for the letter “o”
Note: other common substitutions: left parenthesis [(] substituted for the letter “c”; a percentage sign (%) substituted for the letter “p”

6.

Finally, check to make sure the resulting password meets all of the criteria from the password dos and don’ts list.

Md$!8y0N

 
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