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How to create an easy to remember Virily Complex Password!

Yesterday I mentioned should I write a password column for Virily users. Overall the response was yes! So some password recommendations for Virily users and frankly for you to use outside of Virily.  There are two problems with complex passwords, the first is you forget them and the second is you have to type them in. Based on that the IT world has moved to recommend what is often called passphrases. It is also important that you don’t use one passphrase for all your passwords.

The easiest way to create a complex password is to use what is called a substation pattern. I gave an example yesterday Mydogisgrouchy19. In a substitution password, you replace one letter with a  special character. Myd@gisgr@uchy19. There are always things to consider when using a substitution pattern; one of the most important is the password policy of the site. Some sites limit the use of special characters so you have to be careful.

Another pattern is a longer passphrase. My dog likes to play outdoors.  Make sure it is something you can remember and won’t forget. It normally needs to be between 8 and 32 characters long.

Other things to consider:

•Make sure you use a password vault application if you need to write these down.

•Change passwords as often as you can without appending (mydogisgrouchy191) a number at the end of the old password)!

•Always have a unique password for any online financial system (Social Security in the US, Bank, and Paypal!)

Another option is to use aggregate sites like Microsoft, Google, Facebook or others. Use those to log into various other sites (you cannot do that with Virily any longer) and then make sure you change your password at the central site more often.

The question of time between changes is critical. In the IT world, we normally push for a 45-90 day password life. I would recommend you change your bank password at least four times a year. Others I would say changing your passcodes two times a year is enough!

The most important rule of being secure online is literally “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”

  • Did you know that your risk is the same even if you don’t have anything online?

    • Yes
    • No
  • It is about the information and where it exists so if you don’t have any online you are safe right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Next is how to change your Virily password, ok?

    • Yes
    • No
  • When is the last time you changed your google password?

    • Yes
    • No

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I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. Q: Did you know that your risk is the same even if you don’t have anything online?
    Yes (6 votes) – 67%
    No (3 votes) – 33%
    Q: It is about the information and where it exists so if you don’t have any online you are safe right?
    Yes (4 votes) – 57%
    No (3 votes) – 43%
    Q: Next is how to change your Virily password, ok?
    Yes (7 votes) – 88%
    No (1 votes) – 13%
    Q: When is the last time you changed your google password?
    Yes (1 votes) – 17%
    No (5 votes) – 83%

  2. Thanks for this tutorial regarding passwords. I like the substation pattern as you mentioned in previous post too. I think it’s a great idea. The longer passphrase is good too.

    I remember my brother used to write down his password and replaced them in Chinese. Even for someone who understands Chinese, but doesn’t know the way to decode, one still couldn’t get the password.

  3. I am logged in to many sites, remembering different sites is a problem. I tend to forget them and storing them somewhere is risky. I use Google’s autofiller though I’m cautious with it.
    Great advice on creating password. I need to change old passwords that are more than five years old.

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