Using different passwords on different websites is strongly advised, and you are also advised to make them strong/complex so that no other person can easily (or ever) guess it. I would show you how you can form multiple unique and strong passwords that you can easily remember.

First of all, what makes a complex password? A complex password is one that contains the following types of characters

  • Upper case letters (A – Z)
  • Lower case letters (a – z)
  • Numbers (0 – 9)
  • Symbols (!@#$%^&*()_+`~[]{};:'”/?.>,<\|)

A complex password should also have the following characteristics

  • It should have a minimum length of eight (8) characters. (I use a minimum of 20 characters)
  • It should not be a dictionary word.
  • It should not be a continuous string of characters on the keyboard. eg. qwerty, asdf, 1234567890. etc.
  • Do not use your date of birth, car registration number, your name, children’s name and any other thing someone else can easily guess about you.

Now how do you form unique strong passwords for multiple websites and still remember it.

  1.  Get a short quote that you like or simply come up with one. eg.
    • God is love.
    • I love my wife.
    • I just can’t stop reading. etc.
  2. Change all the 1st letters in each word in step 1 above to upper-case letters and leave all the other ones as lower-case letters. Doing that would change the examples in step 1 above as follows
    • God Is Love.
    • I Love My Wife.
    • I Just Can’t Stop Reading. etc.
  3. Now, we are going to do some alphabet flipping. Replace any occurrence of the following alphabets with the corresponding character as shown in the table below excluding the first letter of each word (You may replace them too if you wish though).
    A, a 4, @
    B, b 8
    C, c (, [
    E, e 3
    I, i !, 1
    O, o (Letter O) 0 (Figure Zero)
    S, s $, 5
    Z, z 2

    After doing the alphabet replacement, our examples would become

    • G0d !$ L0v3.
    • I L0v3 My W!f3.
    • I Ju$t C@n’t $t0p R3@d!ng.
  4. The final step is to add a few more characters to make the password unique for each website that you visit. You can simply go through steps 1 to 3 again for the name of the site on which you want to use the password and then append it to what you have before. So, if we are settling for the 2nd password in the example in step 3 and if I want to use it on and, then my password for each site would respectively be
    • I L0v3 My W!f3.Y@h00.(0m
    • I L0v3 My W!f3.G00gl3.(0m

After steps 1 to 3, you would agree with me that we actually have a strong password, but to make it unique for each website, we would have to append the name of the site to it after applying steps 1 to 3 to the website name.

Consequently for you to remember your password, you just need to always remind yourself that your password is the short sentence “I love my wife“, which is easy to remember and then you can always apply the rules above on the fly to get the actual password for a site whenever you want to log in on that site.

You can have about 2 or 3 of these kinds of passwords and set each one aside for different categories of website. For example, you can set one password aside for your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and so on) and another one for more critical services like your Internet banking password and your email addresses.

Please, note that there are a good number of password managers (software that can securely store your passwords, create new ones for you and help you log on to sites where you used the password) out there, which you can use so that you wouldn’t need to form passwords and remember them, but they all have their pros and cons. So, if you would not want to form and remember passwords (no matter how easy it is), you may opt for these kind of software.

In conclusion, I’m sure I’ve been able to show you that it is possible to form very strong passwords, have a unique one for each website and easily remember them as well.

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