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Cracking the code to perfect passwords

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You need online passwords for everything. How “tricky” do they need to be in order to be safe?

Follow these tips from Microsoft:

1. Use mnemonics to keep track of them.
Start with a sentence you can remember, like “My son Aiden is three years old.”

2. Check to see whether the computer or online system supports the pass phrase directly.
If so, you can use a pass phrase.

3. Convert the phrase to a password, if the web site doesn’t support phrases.
Take the first letter of each word of the sentence to create a made-up word. The sample above would become “msaityo.”

4. Add complexity by substituting letters with numbers or symbols, changing lower-case to upper-case letters, or adding misspellings. Your password might become “My $oN Ayden is Tree yeeRs old.”

5. Rate your password.
Test it on Password Checker, a safe, free tool that allows you to type in your password and receive a weak, medium, strong or best ranking.

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