Having a strong password is really really important. Really. I am not kidding. Even if you might think you don’t have any sensitive data, you could be in for a surprise sometime in your life.Having a strong complex password for each service is vital if you don’t want your data in the wrong hands. One way to avoid the hassle is by using password apps and platforms, which cost money and not everyone is willing to pay up.
So how do you protect yourself with strong passwords that are unique for each service without the need to write them down?
I have a system that works for me, so I thought I’d share it. And NO, the example you will see is not my own password, it’s just an example to make it easier to understand. I don’t suggest you using the examples provided, since it is located online with millions of people reading this blog every day ;).
Its really up to you how you want to approach this, and you can even come up with your own system if you want to, but make sure you have a pattern that only you are aware of. So here goes ;
Step 1. Base phrase
Come up with a base phrase, something you like and never forget. Can be a quote, part of a song, anything really. Here is an example of a base phrase :
Step 2. Add complexity
This is where you get creative and protect yourself from being easily hacked. Turn your phrase into a complex phrase by substituting letters for numbers or characters that make sense to you, use capitals and lower case as well.
“!H4v3adr3aM” here is how I made the simple phrase complex–> !=i 4=A 3=e
Step 3. Match complex phrase to service
Now, to even be more secure and not forget your password for each service and increase security if one password gets leaked, match the passphrase to each service. So for gmail, you would use beginning and end letters of gmail in reverse order added to your complex passphrase. In case your password is leaked this would make it pretty difficult to know what the other passes are. Again, it’s up to you
Gmail: “l!H4v3adr3aMg” g and l used in reverse order
Microsoft: “t!H4v3adr3aMm” m and t are used in revered order
Step 4. Add year marker
Add a year marker and update your passwords every year on a certain date. This ensures if your passwords are leaked you can update every year and know exactly which password was leaked and which data is vulnerable.
Gmail 2019: “l!H4v3adr3aMg19”
While this does not guarantee that nothing will go wrong, it’s a step forward in securing your data more efficiently and always remembering what each complex password was for each service. I’m always up for feedback, so let me know if you think this info was useful to you or how you manage your passwords.