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TechBits: easy, memorable passwords

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    Creating a secure password is easy.  Creating a secure password that you can remember can be tough.  The tech guy has a couple of suggestions for making hard-to-crack passwords that are also easy to remember.

    Try using mnemonics.  Phrases such as 'Every Good Boy Does Fine', which many people learned to remember the notes on a musical staff, are good ways to make passwords.  Take a phrase you can remember, such as "my wife likes to wear red shoes", and use the first letter of each word. This would produce the password 'mwltwrs'.  It's hard for other people to guess, but you can remember it easily.

    Another idea is to use random words.  You can remember the phrases, but they're hard to guess- and they have the advantage of being longer than most other passwords- making it harder for software systems to crack.  One example:  wood.new.burn.city.  (The tech guy admits, that one isn't entirely random.  It's made up from four meanings of the tonal Thai word 'mai'.)