The password nightmare

Anyone who uses the Internet more than a few minutes per day knows what a nightmare passwords are. The importance of creating really complex and confusing passwords is clear. And, of course, we should use lots of different passwords for different sites and not write them down anywhere.

Yeah right.

If you were to follow all those rules, I think you’d end up spending the rest of your life guessing and retrieving your passwords.

Lost cause, ay?

But maybe there is a good solution now. I read a blog post on Digital Inspiration called Choosing Different Passwords for Different Websites. They showed this cute, short video by Mozilla that gives tips on how to create safe passwords.

How to Choose Strong Passwords–by Mozilla

In this video they tell us that in order to make a strong password, you take the following steps:

  1. Pick a phrase that’s easy to remember. For example: What’s love got to do with it?
  2. Change any possible words to numbers: What’s love got 2 do with it?
  3. Use the first letter of each word: Wlg2dwi?
  4. Add some special characters: ###Wlg2dwi?$$$ – This is a customizable password.
  5. Add a prefix or suffix made from the name of the website. So, for Facebook: ###Wlg2dwi?$$$FB

Could these tips alleviate the need to have a place where you save all your passwords? Honestly, I have the feeling most of us are too lazy to actually take their advice, but it does seem to be good advice.

Will you try to implement these rules to your passwords?