Down the password lane
My first password consisted of my nickname and some digits from my birth date. Anyone who knows me could have easily guessed it.
This was back in the times of dial-up networks and no internet at home. The nearest 'internet cafe' we had to our house was a small grocery shop, which also had a photocopier, a fax machine, and a computer. This computer was always covered. The monitor, the CPU, the keyboard, the mouse and the modem each individually protected from the dirt of the outside world.
This password lasted for years.
Somewhere along the line, I realized a better password was needed.
I was sitting in front of the computer at home (yes, this was years later when there were PC and dial-up internet at home). This time the password was the brand name of the UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) lying near my feet.
This idea lasted for a while. The word on the mouse pad, the brand of the office bag, etc. combined with some digits (usually birthdate of some family member).
These passwords are fun to create but a pain to remember.
Around that time came the password strength meters, as an inspiration to create stronger passwords.
This is when I read up a few articles on how to create stronger passwords.
So here's how to create a strong password:
#Length: Have long passwords
#Randomness: Use random characters (clearly no nicknames or famous brand names)
#Numbers: Add numbers, the more the merrier
#Symbols: Add symbols ($&@#%*€£¥), again the more the merrier
#Upper & lower cases: use a mix of upper and lower case characters
The problem is I am not a stickler for remembering stuff. I misplace things. How am I expected to remember this kind of a weird combination of words and what-not?
So I finally found my own path.
#I use the name of a book I am reading at that time, preferably a long name.
#I have my own sequence of Upper and Lower case that I never change. Eg., every third character could be uppercase.
#My own favorite symbol is inserted at the end.
#The digits are from my best friend's phone number
Eureka, I have my own strong password generator - one which is easy for me to remember.
This has been an interesting journey of self-discovery of sorts - the journey of looking in, in search of the difficult, yet easy password.