Creating a new password can be mind boggling. Almost every website has different rules and restrictions for creating a password, causing people to resort to using really dumb passwords like Password123. We all know that a long password made of random characters and numbers is harder for hackers to crack, but how are you supposed to do that? And how do you remember something that’s supposed to be random nonsense? Getting a password manager that creates random passwords is the easiest way to create a stronger password, but we’ve come up with an idea for creating one on your own.

Create a password containing only the first letters of your favorite movie or book series and use numbers in place of letters whenever you can. Say your favorite movies are the Star Trek series. You would take create a password from the first letters of the movie titles until you have enough characters for the password length you want: st:tmp*2:twok)3:tsfs. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.) Also, add capitalization, special characters and numbers to your password to make it harder to crack. Just remember that you have to be able to remember where you put them in your password. Here’s another example with the same movie titles: st:Tmp*2:tw0k)3:tsfV. In this example, every fourth letter is capitalized, the “o” is replaced with a zero and the letter “V” is used for Spock because he’s a Vulcan.

Basically, find something you love so you are likely to remember it and then chose a way to use it to create something random that you will remember. It’s important to remember to use different passwords for every account, so you’ll need to use different titles or title combinations for Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. Ultimately the easiest way to create a stronger password is to use a password manager to create random, long passwords for you and organize them so you don’t have to remember them.

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