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Passwords

As you start to use your computer for more and more things you will frequently be asked to make up passwords and after a while these become difficult to remember.  Many people take the ‘easy’ way out and use one password for everything.

Imagine if you have one key that could open all of your doors, unlock your car, get you into your office at work and unlock your cash point machine, it’d be really handy and save a LOT of hassle but if you ever lost that key or suspect that someone else had a copy it would be a nightmare.

You really should create a secure password for all of the things you use.  Here is how …

Websites sometimes have different rules you have to follow when making up passwords. You can get round this by choosing a password that fits all the rules anyway.  Rules include:

  • No dictionary words
  • Must use a mix of case (some upper case, some lower)
  • Must include a number
  • Must include a character that is not a number or a letter

WOW – how do you remember that lot? – Here is how:

Think of a line from a favourite song – for example “Help! I need somebody’s help” (Beatles), take the first letter would give you:

HINSH (make sure there are more than 4 letters)

Now take a favourite number – I’ll use 4 because there were 4 Beatles, use the #sign for number.  Capitalise the first and last letters and you have:

HinsH#4

Finally include the first letter of the website you are on, b for BBC for example, a for Amazon, now you should have:

HINSB#4b for the BBC website – who would guess that? And it would be different for every website.

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