How to Create Super Secure Passwords – Simple 3-Step Process (both with and without technology)

– We all know that we
need better passwords but it feels like too much trouble. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be as I’m gonna share with you in this guide to creating better and
more secure passwords. Hi, I’m Josh, and we’re gonna
start this with a little quiz. I want you to think of
any one of your passwords, be it your bank, your email, anything that you can think of and answer these four
questions, yes or no. First, is that password
longer than 12 digits long? Second, does that password
contain uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and letters? Third, is that password unique, meaning that it hasn’t been used on any other account that you have? And fourth, has that password been changed in the past six months? Now if you answered no to
even two of those questions, you’ve failed, but that’s
okay, you are in good company. Trust me, so many of us
are in the same boat. All that means is that we need
to take a few extra moments to secure ourselves online
by creating better passwords. And what I wanna do right now is walk you through a three step process to do that very quickly
and very efficiently. Step one, select a process
to create new passwords. And this is something that we need to do before we start changing our passwords is we need to select that process, and let’s lay some ground rules. First of all, changing letters
into symbols is not secure. Changing password into
password is not gonna cut it. Likewise, if you can
actually save your password really easily, such as crazy monkey with a capital C, an at instead of an A, and a zero instead of an O, again, that’s a little too easy. Whereas if I were to
give you this password, it would take me about
20 to 30 seconds for me to explain the whole password to you the capitals, the lowercase, the symbols and the numbers. That is a secure password and
that’s what we’re aiming for with all of our accounts. Those kind of secure passwords. Now before you get a
little bit overwhelmed by the idea of having to
create all these passwords, let me explain that it is a
lot easier than you think. There’s a couple methods,
some that rely on technology, and some that you can do on your own. Let’s start with the ones
that you can do on your own. My favorite method for
creating these secure passwords is to use a poem or a line in a song or a favorite line that you like, whatever it is, and create
a password out of that. Let’s take an example of
the poem Jack and Jill. If I were to take the
first line of that poem and turn it into a password,
it might look like this. Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. And as you can see, this password is more than 12 digits long, it contains capitals,
lowercase, numbers, symbols, and it’s unique, or at
least it’s unique for this. How would you take and
make this password unique for all of your accounts? Especially if you don’t wanna be writing all of these weird ones down and having to come up with
new ones every single time. Well the way that I’ve gone about it in some of the accounts
that I’ve had is I’ve taken, let’s say I’m gonna create
a password for Facebook. I’ll take the first
letter of Facebook, an F, put it at the beginning, and then I’ll take the
last letter of Facebook, K, and put it at the end. And I’ll do that for ever
single one of the accounts that I’m creating. If it’s gonna be Gmail then
I’ll have a G at the front and an L at the end. That creates a unique password
for every single one of them. Now, this is a much better method than probably what you’re currently doing, but it isn’t the most secure method. The most secure method is to just create randomness as much as you can
without any sort of semblance of what you could explain very easily like I’m doing right here. And that’s where
technology comes into play. There’s a lot of password managers. I use a password manager
myself called Dashlane. There are a number of others you can try. I’ve put links in the description below. What these do is they
have a password generator, and you can find these
even online as well. They generate a password
that is very long, very hard to say, and you can just copy and paste that password in. Now how do you remember that password? That’s what we’re gonna
get to in step two. The key right now is to set up a process to create the passwords. Is it something you’re
gonna do in your head, or is it something you’re
gonna do using technology. I recommend you use
technology at this point, but that is entirely up to you. Step two, we need to create a way to store these secure passwords. Now the last thing you wanna be doing is writing down all these
passwords on a piece of paper and having to bring that piece of paper with you wherever you go
or pull it out every time that you need to sign in
to one of your accounts. So what’s a way that you can do that? Well I already shared
with you one of the ways, which is to create one
that you can remember and that is unique for every
single one of the accounts. The other way is to use, like
I said, a password manager. Now if you look, as I’m
using this password manager, I’ve created all of the different accounts that I have, and there
is a unique password that is set up for every
single one of these accounts. And while I’m on my computer it syncs with my phone and my tablet. All of those passwords stay synced up and it’s behind a single master password that I need to know. For my phone it can be my finger print, but for the computer I need
to have a secure password that I use that allows me to
get in and add these passwords whenever I’m signing
in to all my accounts. Alright, step three. Now we need to systematically go through all of our accounts and
change our passwords. And before you freak out about how much time that might take, let’s first just say what’s important is to get your most
sensitive accounts changed. I would go through, get a piece of paper, and list out the most sensitive accounts. Those are the ones that if someone were to have your password and to be able to get into these accounts, they could do irreparable
damage to your credit or to your identity. I would spend one day just getting all of those sensitive accounts
their passwords changed using either the method we talked about or a password manager like Dashlane. Once you do that, then you can go through and maybe spend five to 10 minutes a day, or just anytime you log
in to this new account like Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest, these place where, yes,
a secure password is good but it’s not absolutely
going to destroy you if somebody hacks into that account, that’s when you need to go through and change all of those passwords as well. It might take you a little while. I just decided to sit down with one or two hours
and just knock it all out so that I had secure passwords. And if I have a password
manager like Dashlane or others, when I try to log in, it will automatically
input those passwords so I don’t have to go
through and copy and paste. The only thing I need to know is my master key password for that account which could be my fingerprint or it could be the actual
password on my computer. So to recap you need to select a process to create secure passwords, to store those passwords securely, and then to systematically
change those passwords. And that includes changing your
sensitive account passwords about every six months or less. I hope this was helpful. If so, give it a thumb’s up. Questions go in the comments below and if you wanna see
even more great videos about how to secure yourself online, you can find those here
in these playlists. Have a great week and stay secure.

3 thoughts on “How to Create Super Secure Passwords – Simple 3-Step Process (both with and without technology)

  1. Thank you for taking the time to watch and I hope you're inspired to change your passwords today. Remember, it doesn't take much, but you need to set up a good way to create, store and systematically change your passwords. It can be done a number of different way…and what I've shared aren't the only methods. Do you have a good method that hasn't been shared here? Leave a comment with your ideas!

  2. Do read this comic/advise. The "hard" passwords are hard for humans, but not necessarily for computers.

  3. Are password managers encrypted and safe just in case the computer is hacked or stolen?. Thanks for the videos they arereally informative

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