Use a sentence code to create secure user passwords

Have users make up a sentence in which the first letter of each word stands for a character in their passwords.

This tip was submitted to the SearchWin2000.com Tip Exchange by member Jim Sleezer. Let other users know how useful it is by rating the tip below.


When users ask what they should use as a password, I suggest that they make up a sentence and use the sentence to help them remember the word.

For instance, I suggest a sentence like: "My favorite cat's first name is Sassy." Using the first letter of each word, this translates to a password of "Mfc1niS." And, by using a numeral for "first," I end up with a combination of uppercase, lowercase and numbers.

Another example: "Number 1 son takes computer courses at State University" translates to "N1stcc@SU."

This was first published in February 2003

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