We all use the Internet more and more, and now regularly visit many sites that require a password. But how do you remember so many different passwords as it is best to set a different password for each site?
You can do this effectively by:
1. Write just part of your password down, or store in a file, or on your mobile phone. But what if someone steals my phone or computer or finds my paper? That is OK, because you are only writing down part of your password, and they will not know what site it refers to, as we will see in a moment.
2. Create STRONG passwords with letters, numbers and non-alphanumeric characters, and keep them as long as possible. Mix upper and lower case characters. This way they cannot be guessed. Never use your date of birth, or house number/post code or name in your password, as people can get these off the Internet in places like Facebook etc.
3. Think of a PIN that you will always remember, 3 ,4 or 5 characters long, something like 3478# or 8#7 or 23&4.
Now you need to create your passwords:
1. For each web site you need a password for create a code that helps you remember what site it is for e.g., FBk for facebook, rSoF for RichoSoft, tWit for Twitter etc.
2. Next add some random characters e.g., 4556, or zc98@. Use different random characters for each password.
3. You now have passwords that look like this:
These you write down, save in a file or store in your phone. Anyone finding these would not know what they refer to, and the password is not complete anyway, so would not work.
4. Next we use your PIN. Decide whether your PIN will be at the beginning or end of your password. When using the passwords add your PIN, to this position.
So if we had a pin 3478# our passwords above would become:
These full passwords are the ones to use on the sites.,and now we have STRONG passwords that cannot possibly be guessed, and you only need to remember the PIN Part and whether it is at the front or back. The rest is written down or saved so you do not forget it. By having a different password for each site, if someone does actually find out one of your passwords the others are totally safe.
If your password is 3 characters long and can contain Alpha numeric characters and other characters it could be any of over 11,000,000 (11 million) different combinations.
If it is 6 characters long it could be any of over 129,000,000,000,000 (129 Billion) different combinations
and if it is 10 characters long it could be any of over 332,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (332 Million Trillion) different combinations, so a 10 digit password ought to be pretty secure!