How to Create Secure Passwords

How to create secure passwords is a huge question today. So many people have been hacked because of common mistakes and what I call “universal thinking”.  Sorry, we are all not as different as our dear ego claims we are.

1) Put your capitalization in the middle where it makes no sense. Most people capitalize the first character.  Example:  it67YThn

2) Use symbols within your code.  Most people use a symbol as the last character. Eighty percent use ! at the end of the password.  Not good.  Example:  tYuhg5%&ion9

3) Do not use the same password across multiple platforms.  Have different passwords for different levels of security.  Example: Your banking password should never be the same as the password you just used to sign up for a free dessert coupon at Outback.

4) I prefer to take an extra step with important interfaces such as banking. Ask your bank if they offer a one-time-password.

One Time Pass Codes:

One-Time Passcode verification allows the bank to verify your identity when you access Online or Mobile Banking.

  • The code is different than your user name and password. You will still use those to login.
  • When we need to verify your identity, you will be asked how you’d like to receive your One-Time Passcode.
  • You will be sent a one-time-use six-digit code via your choice of: A recorded voice sent to your phone – or – In an SMS Text Message
  • Type the six digits into the confirmation window displayed on the screen of your computer, phone or tablet.

I hope that you found this information useful.  To learn more about how to create secure passwords or other geeky things please visit our blog at  Have a great day!