ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Creating Secure, Easy to Remember Passwords

Updated on February 12, 2009

Website security is a serious issue, and although the bulk of the responsibility in securing the site rests with the website operator, one important aspect is left to the end-user, that being the chore of choosing a password

As the creator of a trivia site which accepts user registrations, I have seen a lot of bad passwords and dealt with numerous members who have forgotten their password, username and even email address. 

I want to show you how you can create a good secure password that's easily remembered and which can be adapted for use on multiple sites with little compromise in security.

It may surprise you to hear, that some of the most common passwords in use today are as follows...

  • password
  • password1 (as used by the more security conscious)
  • qwerty
  • abcdefg
  • britney

As you can see, as bad as these passwords are, they do share one thing in common. They are easy to remember.

Unfortunately, being easy to remember is not typically a good thing when it comes to choosing a password.

What makes a good password

A good mix of characters

You should be making use of the full keyboard you have in front of you and not just relying on letters or numbers. This means using both uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and additional characters such as (-) Dash, (_) Underscore, ($) Dollar and (*) Asterisk amongst others.

The more characters the better

The more characters you use, the more difficult it would be for a computer to crack your password. Recent research into passwords has shown that the average password length is eight characters. Therefore I would suggest you use at least 9, to keep ahead of the pack

No dictionary words

It's easy for a computer to cycle through an entire dictionary of words in a attempt to crack a password, whereas a random arrangement of characters poses a much greater problem.

No names

This will include using pets names, celebrities names, band names or tv show or movie titles. These are all easily guessed by the people around you who know you well

Keep it Unique

Ideally, you should use a different password for every site you join.

How can I have a secure password that I can remember ?

Creating and remembering a single secure password is easy. The problem arrises when we try to remember dozens of different passwords for different sites.

So how do we get around this problem? Well, what if we reuse the same secure password, but modify it in some way for each site we visit.

Lets explain!

Supose we have a password like (jKf54-d6P11), it's a decent password of 11 characters long. Now if we joined the site "Hub Pages", we could take the initials of the site, in this case the "H" and the "P" and incorperate that into our password. To produce something like (jKf54HP-d6P11). Notice that I inserted the changes as the 6th and 7th characters.

Then if we also joined a site named "Purple Monkey Pages", we could generate the password (jKf54PMP-d6P11), using the initials "P", "M" and "P". Notice again that the new characters are inserted in the same position as before, beginning at the 6th character.

As you can see, by simply remembering our initial complex password, we can adapt it to be unique on additional sites, without having to remember a new password.

A few important notes

  • You must always adapt the password in the same position. In our example we always added the initials at the 6th character position of our password. Otherwise, you'd need to remember the different position in each password which would defeat the purpose of using this method.
  • You don't have to use the initials of the website to adapt your password. Instead you could use the last letter of each word, so for "Hub Pages" you'd use "b" and "s". Or use something else entirely. The important thing here again is to be consistent.
  • As mentioned at the top of this article. Using this method is a small compromise between security and ease of use. This method is not suitable for use on websites where high security is extremly important. Such as banks, Paypal, email accounts etc. These sites should have their own 100% unique password. It is however perfectly suited for social networks, forums and other such sites where security is important but not critical. 



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • hubber-2009 profile image


      10 years ago from India

      is it advisable to store the userid and password somewhere in the net or in excel file?

    • Debbie Blunt profile image

      Debbie Blunt 

      11 years ago from Wickenburg, AZ

      Great tips on creating passwords!

    • Lgali profile image


      11 years ago

      useful hub


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)