Adoption of Biometric recognition systems has been slow.
So there’s a constant need for new, easy to remember passwords.
You just need to follow these simple rules:
- Don’t have a ‘universal’ password for everything
- Avoid “easily identifiable personal info” e.g. your football team or your own birthday.
- Include numbers as well as letters
- Mix up upper and lower case characters
- Change heavily used passwords every 6 months
- Never email or store passwords electronically
So… how can you easily comply with all this!
1.Swap alpha with numeric
Eg. using the word “password”, swap letters for similar looking numbers and vice versa. This then becomes “p@55w0rd”.
2. Misuse capitals
Unlike email addresses, passwords are ‘case-sensitive’. Decide where to unconventionally put capitals: “P@55w0Rd”.
3. ‘Salt’ your password
A cryptography technique: add extra characters in an unconventional position. Eg a relatives birthday for numbers or your car reg for letters.
If your uncle was born in 1935, using the YY format, salt the password to “P@55w035Rd”.
4. Hold down shift key for numerics
So “35” becomes “£%” making your password “P@55w0£%Rd”.
5. Match password to it’s use
If someone were to gain your password, ensure it doesn’t give access to somewhere more serious like email. Salt passwords with 3 characters relating to the site. Eg for Gmail: “P@55GMaw0£%Rd”.
6. Name your favourite song or film
Often asked when you lose your password, it’s hard to remember what you put, as ‘favourites’ change !
However, this can work for passwords use on a daily basis that need changing every 6 months. e.g. if you’ve just watched a Clint Eastwood boxed set. “Do you feel lucky, punk” becomes “D0Uf33l|uckyPunk?”.
7. First letter sentences
Phrases can help you remember car reg numbers. Reverse this method. Eg. use the phrase “Hold on tightly, let go lightly”. This becomes “h0+,|gL”.
8. Foreign languages
Use a very simple foreign word eg. left. In Italian it’s “sinistra”. So this becomes “51Ni5+rA”.