by Tom Duffy
I have had a lot of experience trying to get clients to use secure passwords and the common problem that comes up is that secure passwords are often difficult to remember. So, I came up with a simple solution to this. Let’s get started:
First, we should pick our favorite song. For the sake of this tutorial, I will use Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin. Now, pick a line from the song that is 7 or more words long. I will use the line “And she’s buying a stairway to heaven”.
Next, take the first letter of each word in that line of the song. Mine would be:
Now, alternate between lower case and upper case:
Next we will choose a letter in this that can also be represented by a number. Some examples of this would be to use a 5 instead of an S or a 1 instead of an I. So, I will use a 5 instead of the capital S:
Next, we will add a character that is not alpha-numeric such as a $ or a # and add it to the beginning and end of the string. I will use a $:
“$a5bAsTh$” is a very secure password. A brute-force attack would take a LONG time to break this and a dictionary attack would simply fail. The best part is that even though this password is very secure, all I have to remember is that line from the song with a “$” on either side of it and a “5″ instead of an “S”. I recommend this to all of my clients now and it has convinced a lot of computer novices that they can have secure passwords without the worry of forgetting what they are! I sure hope that this helps some people!