Passwords are the necessary evil of the Internet. Lots of time is wasted looking for passwords and resetting them. Here’s a simple tip for creating secure passwords that you can remember.

Bonus: They can also keep you focused on your biggest goal.

Elements of a secure password

A really secure password is made up of a combination of the following:
    Capital letters
    Lowercase letters
    Numbers
    Special characters or symbols
For the most secure password, using something that is at least 10 characters and uses all of the secure elements listed above is your best prevention against hackers. But those are hard to remember, right? Not if you follow this sweet formula…


Creating a memorable password


Think about a major goal that you are working to achieve. Success experts will tell you focusing on your goal as often as possible will help you to achieve it at a much faster pace. Creating a password from your major goal is a great way to keep that dream in focus because a password is something you will use every day.

Lets
say you’ve set a goal called “Take a cruise to Alaska”. The following example will walk you through how to create a memorable and secure password for this goal.

Start by breaking that goal down to a couple of words and write down a completion date. For brevity, we’re going to call it “Alaskan Cruise” and set a completion date of 2017.

Here are some secure passwords you could make out of that goal using elements of a secure password listed above:
    AlaskanCruise2017!
    2017Cruise@Alaska
    Cruise@Alaska17!
    2017=Alaska+Cruise
Each one of these passwords gets a ranking of “Very Strong” when tested with a password meter. You can check the strength of your passwords here.


One password to rule them all

It’s not a safe practice to use the same password for every account that you have online. We highly recommend using a service called LastPass. This secure password software only requires that you remember a single password to access all of your online accounts.

It is incredibly secure, inexpensive and it will save you hours and hours of time when logging into your Internet accounts.

There are also mobile versions of LastPass to save your thumbs the agony of tediously typing in your password on a tiny screen. It will also provide you with a secure way to share your password when necessary – like with a web developer working on your site.

So there you have it! A simple way to create memorable passwords and stay focused on your main goal. As always, we’d love to hear from you so once you’ve created your new password, please share it in the comments below.

Just kidding! You should never share your password unless using an encrypted source or tool such as LastPass. We would, however, welcome your feedback on this topic.

And if you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and family who keep their passwords on post-it notes in their desk drawers or worse – stuck to their monitors.

You know who they are… Go forth and teach them the right way to manage their passwords!