How-To Saturday

Six Steps to Creating a Safe, Secure Password

Passwords. In this day and age, we use them for everything. Entertainment, social media accounts, school-related things, etc. But if you’re like me, you don’t think too hard about a “safe” password. You think of a quick phrase you’ll remember, toss a number or symbol on the end, and you’re good to go.
But I have been told that that is not the way to do it. To be truly safe, unhackable (is that a word?), and unique, you need a different approach. And this post will help to show you how.
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Step One. Choose a sentence that has meaning for you. I will be using a favorite phrase of mine, Writing for the Glory of God, as an example.

Step Two. Begin substituting symbols and numbers for letters. A + for a T, a 1 for a capital I or lower case l, a 3 for an E, a zero for an O, etc. Ex: Wr1ting 4 the Gl0ry of G0d

Step Three. See if any of the words can be changed to a synonym. Eye for I is a good one.

Step Four. Take out as many vowels as possible. Ex: Wr1tng4thGlryfGd

Step Five. Almost there! Eliminate any extra letters to make the password shorter. If it is already short, skip this step. Ex: Wr1tng4thG0G

Step Six. Now that you have the base password, it’s time to make it specific for a site. After the initial password, add a colon and then the first three consonants of the site. Disney becomes dsn, WordPress becomes wrd, Hulu becomes hl, etc. Ex. Wr1tgn4thG0G:dsn

And there you have it! A unique, safe password for any site.


5 thoughts on “Six Steps to Creating a Safe, Secure Password”

  1. Eeee I’m so proud of you! This is so great! And nowadays EVERYTHING has passwords and it is just hard to keep track! So great and I’m so happy for you!

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