Making a Super Secure Password

Follow these tips to create a password that will keep hackers out of your e-mail, bank account, social networks and any other password protected sites.
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Written by Staff Writer • Posted on Oct 12, 2011

Today’s world is widely electronic. There are a lot of people that have a hard time understanding how to be wise about the way that they develop their passwords. Make sure that you take the time that you need to create passwords that are going to keep hackers out of your e-mail, bank account, social networks, blogs and any other password protected sites that you are logging into.

To start you want to make sure that your password is…

• At least 8 characters

• A mix of at least uppercase and lowercase letters

• A mix of numbers and special characters

• Nothing that can be easily guessed

• A word not found in the dictionary

The best way to create a strong password is go find a base word that you can work with. Find a word that is at least 8 characters to use. The word may simply be eight letters or characters that do not make sense, the first letter of each word in a sentence or even a word spelled in reverse.

After you find a base word you can go through and replace some of the letters with numbers or special characters. For example, if the word includes an “a” you may want to replace the “a” with an “@”. This way, the word becomes even harder to guess. The “@” for an “a” is pretty common and may not be wise, but you should make sure that you understand how you are going to find some more clever replacements.