Thursday, October 20, 2011


How to make sure fire, strong good, password?

You have to define yourself, and find a sequence of letters, digits, that you can remember.

So your source is significant -- it could be a ditty, a jingle, or maybe a spur of the moment feeling, or --of course -- you can go with what you've read about hackers, and create a complicated password like Google recommends.

Okay --be it numbers, symbols, cuss words, whatever you pick, nevertheless, needs to be an expression of you.

Like a profile picture? Do you pick what reveals what you are today? Or what you were? Or what you wish you could be?

I'm getting quite an education on I have noted, and now avoid, the f---, the s--- word users. the sexy come-on tweeters. Much of what's tweeted, isn't writing -- it's spur of the moment self-expression. And I'm seeing a lot of this on Facebook -- gee, guys -- what's this need to take off your clothes in words, and blurt out, vomit out, belch out a semi -chewed, undigested thought?

Work and think and create a passwords as if it's poetry. What you choose ought to be based on what you've learned, and what's deep, deep in your mind.

I'm saying dig into your childhood. "One, two, button my shoe" -- "Jack be Nimble" -- or maybe "Row, row, row your boat." Or latch onto the present -- what's in your bank account, or a relative's name, an enemy, a song -- some real thing from which you extract letters. Then, intersperse the letters with numbers or symbols. Your password won't be forgotten..

Signing in will be a moment, a couple of seconds of reverence -- a reference to something that is important to YOU.

"Mary had a little lamb, it's fleece was white as snow." M&hA(lLiF)wWaS

I love John Cullum


We are spending more and more time, trying to find ways to be secure on the Internet. Why not turn that process into a poem?


carola said...

Great idea!! But I think I would have trouble remembering the passwords you derived from your jingles/mantras. I would have to come up with something a little simpler. But it's still a great idea.

Anonymous said...

Dear Emily: Enjoyed this blog and solid information about passwording. But, I don't have a cell phone nor do I twitter so this looks and sounds like Greek to me. I do better reading whole sentences. I will try one for you-I LOVE EMILY'S BLOGS- EyeLvEmBlgs*! Lol!
kam Kathleen Ann McGee

Ameer S. Washington said...

I've got a simple solution. Your initials. A number phrase from a show. Something you use (maybe even two) another number phrase like urs or mother's birth year backs and then a few symbols. Makes it easier to write without shifting.

Ex. John smith watches 90210 likes apple products was born in 1972

Cool post. I'm now trying to avoid all the vulgar on twitter as well.

Linda Phillips said...

I love your idea Em. Mine are all scattered and different. Some are phrases that mean something to me. Some are crazy combinations..and I will not reveal any more..LOL..but as I change I do from time to time, I will keep what you said in my mind and use it too.

BTW, I too love John Cullum...LOL..that was how I first met you..I made that comment in a thread..and well the rest is history!

eddie rotten said...

its lame we have to have passwords in the first place. creating a password is like saying, "everyone around me is dishonest. But technology is changing how passwords are used. soon enough most phones and computers will all have face or eye recognition to give us access to our lives. I'm with Em though, coming up with clever passwords can be fun and even an insight to how smart you are.