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Mixing upper- and lower-case letters with numbers would make for a sophisticated and secure password – but that also means you’re likely to hit the “Forgot Password” button more often. Create a solid yet easy-to-recall one with five tips from Symantec Corporation, an international software security company.
Create the password with: Your full name
Key in the first letter of your first name, followed by the number of characters it contains. Then, do the same for your surname. Switch the sequence as you wish.
eg Jane Tan Su Lin: J4T3S2L3
Create the password with: A song
Use the first letter of each word in the first line of a song’s lyrics. To change your password, use the second line and so on. Use the chorus if it’s easier to remember.
eg The one that got away: TOTGA
Create the password with: Your favourite thing
This could be anything from a colour to a type of food, but it needs to be a single word. Take the word and customise it for each website or account – place your favourite word between the first and last letters of the website’s name.
eg Facebook: Fgreenk
Create the password with: Numbers instead of letters
Choose numerals that can pass off as certain letters to make the password more difficult to guess.
eg Solitaire: 501itair3
Create the password with: The keyboard mapping technique
Type a password with the keys that are adjacent to the actual letters of your most-loved sport or song title – like using the upper-left keys.
eg Tennis: 53hh8w