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This article provides information about creating a 'strong' password.
A strong password is simply one that is difficult to be broken by humans or computer programs that are designed to gain unauthorized access.
You can substitute symbols or numbers for letters and still keep the look of memorable names or phrases.
Relate your password to a favorite sport, place, or person can be useful.
Spaces can also be used if the application accepts this as part of its password guidelines.
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Some examples above where symbols, upper and lower case are used instead to increase the complexity.
There are several password tools available online that can perform some tasks. If you are interested in using these we recommend first reading reviews online to find the best solution for you. These can range from freeware to monthly subscriptions.
These can be helpful for some sites that require certain characters to be included in the password, some generators can also create strong passwords that are pronounceable or based around sentences or phrases hence easier to remember.
With many sites now requiring passwords to enter or set up an account it can be very difficult to store all your passwords without using the same passwords on many accounts.
Some managers can sync across multiple operating systems and platforms making them easy to access on the move when you need it. These managers use strong encryption techniques to store information securely.
An alternative method is to use a password chart or matrix. These sites create a chart using a word or phrase or random generator. You can then use the chart to create a 'strong' password. This way even if someone finds the chart they will still not know your password and it also highly increases the ease at which an online attacker can decipher the password without the chart.
Use a picture to sign in to your PC instead of having to remember a password. Trace on the picture using gestures on the touchscreen with your finger or mouse.
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