An account with a weak password is extremely vulnerable. Perhaps the password is the account owner's birth date or her kid or spouse's name. Often passwords are identical to the user name. Or they are "abc123", "123456", or simply "password". And hackers run programs that break into accounts by simply trying all the words in the English dictionary, so choosing "encyclopaedia" as a password is not good enough.
The problem with strong passwords, such as 6i8H*z12$ is that they are easy to forget. So here's my 3-step method of creating a password that is both strong and easy to remember:
- Choose a word, name or phrase that will be easy to remember. Make sure it's not too short (at least 8 characters long). For example, if your village is in Samdrup Jongkhar, your phrase might be Samdrup Jongkhar
- Now replace some letters in your phrase by the similarly-looking symbols and digits according the following list:
- a → @
- i (small "I") → !
- l (small "L") → 1
- o → 0
- O → 0
- s → $
- S → $
- x → *
- Replace a space with %
- That's it! The new phrase is your password. In our case it is $@mdrup%J0ngkh@r, which no hacker will be able to guess.