How to Remember Complex Passwords

It is possible to construct a password that is acceptable and memorable. The following are provided as examples only and should not be used. Create your own password, unique and memorable to yourself.

Creating a "pass-phrase"

is one way that helps to memorize a complex password. An example of a valid and secure pass-phrase might be "Tqbf^0t1D" which is based on the old typing practice sentence "The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over the Lazy Dog!" Substituting numeric or special characters adds to the complexity of the password making it much more difficult to crack.

Use lines from a childhood verse

Verse Line: Yankee Doodle went to town

Password: Ydw2~twn

Foods disliked during childhood

Food: rice and raisin pudding


Minor Variations of known phrases

My license plate is "880-PTW". That's not acceptable; hackers know that people will use their license plate as a password so it's very easy to scan for passwords which are license plates. So, let's mix it up a bit - "88oh-PtW" is acceptable and is such a minor variation that I ought to be able to remember it.


Passwords should never be a word found in a dictionary (even foreign). Instead, use two or more words joined together. Or, use a combination of words and numbers. For example, instead of "dog and cat", use d0g+C4t! In this example, we have used upper and lowercase, numeric, and special characters thus creating a very secure and easy to remember password.

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