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Create a strong password – Video

Create a strong password - Video

Sometime back Mozilla posted a video on Youtube that explains how you can make a strong password for web-based accounts. What I liked about this little gem is the simplicity of the idea which was supported by a cast of cartoony characters called Tom and Jennifer. However, there is something missing…

First check out the video below.

How to make strong passwords for different accounts on different web sites

Now weren’t these the simplest of tips? And anyone, even a newbie, can use these to create a super strong password. To sum up:

  1. Select a phrase can you can recall quickly and easily.
  2. Convert words that sound like numbers to digits (such as ‘for’ to ‘4’).
  3. Pick the first alphabet of each remaining word and put it in uppercase.
  4. Place special characters in front and at the end.
  5. To customize the password and make it stronger, abbreviate the name of the web site / service and add it as a prefix or suffix.

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And there you have it!
A strong password customized for each web service. But, and this is a very important point, ask yourself, is this password easy to remember?
I don’t think so.

We started off by picking a memorable phrase and this shouldn’t be difficult, right? But will you be able to recall the capitalization (if any) you’ve used? Or the symbols that were added as a prefix and/or suffix?

The important thing about passwords is not how you can make them strong and complex but also how well you are able to remember them. Look, I’m not trying to undermine the good work of Mozilla (the same company that gave us Firefox and Thunderbird). The video offers valuable tips but the point is, how can you remember a password? Click that link to know more!

Important points when creating passwords

  • Not all web services allow the use of special characters in password.
  • Never use the same password on two or more web sites.
  • One of the first things hackers employ when infiltrating an account is to access it using the most common passwords. Make sure your password isn’t one of them!
  • The security question and its secret answer are as important as the account password – the two are actually interdependent. Learn how to create a good security question and protect your online information.

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Your comments
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  • Mimi Marma on February 27th, 2012 9:52 am

    Simple and easy. Thanks for helping me make a good strong password.

  • Neel Keshri on April 4th, 2012 3:06 pm

    Great ideas and some really sound advice.

  • Michael Sarkodie on April 28th, 2012 7:40 pm

    Thanks for these great tips on creating a password. I now have a strong password for the account and feel safe. Regs.

  • Emilio Pujol on June 21st, 2012 5:17 am

    These tips are great. The best part is, how we can use similar (not same) passwords on different web sites without sacrificing security.

  • Gina on April 21st, 2013 7:04 am

    I liked the video. Very educational. And your tips were very helpful.

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