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.
𝒮𝓅𝑒𝒸𝒾𝒶𝓁 𝒯𝒽𝒶𝓃𝓀𝓈 𝓉𝑜 𝓂𝓎 𝒷𝓇𝑜𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇, 𝒩𝒶𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓃𝒾𝑒𝓁, 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝓈𝒽𝑜𝓌𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓊𝓈 𝒽𝑜𝓌 𝓉𝑜 𝒹𝑜 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈!
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.