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How to create strong passwords

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Creating a strong password is a must today in order to help you safely protect your online transactions.

Most people wonder “how I can remember these long strings of letters, numbers and characters?” Well it is very simple and as you will see in this article, it will take two steps to get it done, really. And it may end up being fun.

Before we dig in into how to create a complicated password, we are going to play a memory game. Let’s say we have these five objects to remember in order: car, frame, hammer, spoon and sun.

The trick to remembering them right away is to compose a sentence with all of them. It does not have to make sense. The sentence just needs to create actions.

In my car, I framed a picture with my hammer and hanged the spoon right over it under the sun.

You have now composed a sentence with all 5 words and created actions out of them. If you picture yourself doing these actions, you will immediately remember all 5 words as soon as they are presented to you.

We will use the same analogy to create complicated password in 2 easy steps.

1. Select your favorite words, date/time (number) and a character.

2. Make a sentence with all of them.

Let’s say I like colors, fruits and I have great (or bad) memories that happened at a specific time.

Let’s use the examples below

Red, banana,  & 1975  the password will be:  Redbanana&1975

Clown, scared,  ! 1999 the password will be: Clownscared!1999

Or more fun

In, 1975, I became *  the password will be:  In1975ibecame*

@ 12PM friday ihave $   the password will be:  @12PMfridayihave$

Always use the first word in upper case, add some numbers and one simple character and you are done. These are strong passwords and you can make all kind of combinations.

This will take about 10 minutes of your time but it will help your account safe.