passwordsWe all know the basic rules for acceptable passwords; at least 8 characters long, make sure it includes a number, and if the site or program is really picky, it might also require a special character or capital letter. You shouldn’t use names, birthdays or pin numbers either, and don’t use the same password for all of your accounts. Just when you get it down, your password expires and you have to figure out a new one.

It’s no wonder that people give up and get lazy with their passwords. We can remember every word to the songs that play on the radio, our favorite quotes, children’s songs and favorite lines in movies but remember a password? Forget it.

So what’s the secret to the creating the best passwords you’ll ever generate and always remember? How about using the songs on the radio, favorite sayings, book quotes, children’s songs and favorite movie lines you remember so well?

Here are a few examples:

WttHC,ialp77 (“Hotel California”, written by The Eagles                 1977)

Abithibt2itb (A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush)

Twotbgrar@29 (“The Wheels on the Bus”, had your first child at 29)

F,md,Idgad39 (“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Clark Gable in “Gone With the Wind” 1939)

If you have trouble remembering several quotes and which accounts to match them up to, you can easily customize your “baseline” password and add something unique to it for each account. For example, if it’s a banking password, you can use WttHC,ialp77$$, or if it’s a Yahoo! email account, WttHC,ialpY! . Then when your passwords expire, pick a new favorite song or quote.

Unique, safe, secure and easy to remember!