How to make a password

Passwords, there are just too many of them . . . and so few people remember them.

There are times when you will need to change all your critical passwords and when you do, here are some tips for creating passwords you can remember.

Your address:  It has numbers, capital letters and usually more than 8 letters.  Mix it up a bit.  Instead of 27MainSt (not bad like this) but MainSt27 is probably harder for someone to guess.

I also like telephone numbers.  If you’re old enough to remember phone numbers from the 1950’s, MU 5-2000 or MurryHill52000 make great passwords.  Your spouse’s cell phone number, and the number you had as a kid, all make good passwords. It’s very unlikely that anyone would guess you would use your employers phone number.

Instead of pet names, sports team names, and ‘password’ . . .  make up new words.  Instead of 68redsox, redbase68.   instead of 2004champs, ws2004W.

I never forget one of my customers passwords.  Its and acronym for “I would like to golf 7 days a week”  or IWL2G7DAW.

Don’t forget your email has a password, even if your computer never asks for it.  When you need it, it’s a lot easier to remember if you keep a record of all your passwords.  On my computer there is a document called, “ForgetMeNot.doc.” It contains all my passwords – calling it passwords.doc is probably OK to.  If someone gets into your documents folder, they already have  access to all your stuff anyway.

Make sure you spouse has access to your computer and passwords.  Some of my most difficult service calls have been to help a recent widow or widower gain access to their late spouse’s computer.