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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.

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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 last published in February 2003

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