Bonus: How to Make a Secure Password
The art of making a secure password is not a completely obvious one unless you’ve done work in the IT industry. Ten years ago, I devised a system so easy I could teach it to my grandmother that would allow the creation of secure but easily memorable passwords. It goes like this:
1. Take a phrase or pair of words that mean something to you personally. It could be a catch phrase of a relative or, if you want to get crazy, base the phrase on what you’re creating the password for. For example, if you’re creating a password to use at eBay, you could have the phrase be “igetridofmyjunkonebay." The phrase should have no numbers or special characters in it, just something easy to remember.
2. Now that you have a pass phrase that is easy to remember, it’s time to employ a simple method of making the password more difficult to guess or figure out. Instead of typing out your pass phrase as is, type it in using the key to the upper left of what you are typing in. For example, an ‘a’ would become a ‘q’, a ‘q’ would become a ‘1’ and so on. The phrase “igetridofmyjunkonebay" would become “8t3548e9rj6u7hi9h3gq6" after applying this rule.
3. That’s it, you now have a password that is secure, easy to remember, and will leave your friends wondering how you remember such a long password of random numbers and letters!