How to Easily Create Memorable Yet Cryptic Passwords

How to Easily Create Memorable Yet Cryptic Passwords

Mike Tyson
Jul 27, 2011

Password protection seems to be at the top of everyone's minds nowadays thanks to hackers ruthlessly targeting personal accounts through security flaws in major corporations' systems. Granted, you can't always protect yourself entirely but there are proven methods to ensure that you have the highest degree of protection possible. After the jump we can tell you a little secret to create a very strong yet highly memorable password so you can make sure your accounts are secure as can be.

Many people who choose to create memorable passwords often include full words, birthdays, etc. Although they're convenient to input, they can be more easily guessed and are consequently regarded as not being as safe. Another route is to have a computer randomly generate a string of numbers and letters for you, alternating in capitalization. This is certainly the most secure method available however it is extremely hard to memorize, particularly if you have unique passwords for each account (which you should).

We propose a new way of generating passwords that is abundant in possibilities, extremely secure, and so easy you don't even need to memorize it because it's always around you. We don't know about you but we have a lot of pens and pencils hanging around our desk. (No trust us, we're not diverging from the topic.) We suggest using these as a way of creating your secure passwords. Generally speaking, pens and pencils have a lot of stuff written along them so what we decided to do is take either the first letter or first two letters of each word, including any numbers, and create a password that way. This insures that the password is completely "random", features both capital and lowercase letters, and also includes numbers. How about some examples?

Dixon Ticonderoga BLACK 2 HB can become:

BiC Round Stic M can become:

Or, if you want to include more numbers, you can simply substitute a number for the amount of letters in a word.

Sharpie R Fine Point Permanent Marker can become:

You can see how this becomes a very fruitful way of generating many passwords and the best part is that they're safe because for all intents and purposes they're "random" yet you can never forget them because it's always around you. Hidden in plain sight!

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