- It must contain Symbols.
- It cannot be found in the dictionary.
- It cannot be found on your Facebook profile (like a child or pets name).
- It is at least 11 characters long
- It is not written down on a post-it note on your desk.
- It must contain Uppercase and Lowercase letters.
The most common response to these criteria is, “How am I supposed to remember random characters?”
How to Remember Random Characters in Your Secure Password
1. Symbols: The easiest way is to wrap your password with symbols. Pick your favorite symbol and put one at the beginning and the end of your password. You can use any a @, $, %, *, &, or any other symbol you like.
For this example I will use the “@”.
Password so Far: @@
2. Not in Dictionary: The easiest way to create a string of characters that is not a “word” is to come up with a memorable phrase and use the first character or each word. You can use any phrase you like.
For this example I will use the phrase “I would like my password to be secure”.
Password so Far: @iwlmptbs@
3. Length: Instead of turning your phrase into a paragraph, you can use some numbers to add length. I suggest a memorable year like a birthdate or the current year.
For this example I will use my graduation year “2001”.
Password so Far @iwlmptbs2001@
4. Uppercase Letter: An easy way to keep track of which letter to capitalize is to pick a row of keys on your keyboard and capitalize each letter in that row.
For this example I will use the top row of keys.
End Result Password is @IWlmPTbs2001@
And there you have it; a password created from a memorable phrase. After typing it a couple times while saying the phrase to yourself, you will have a secure password that is easy to remember.