Guide to Creating a Safe Password

July 11, 2011  |  

(Daily Finance) — If your idea of a smart password is your first car followed by your mother’s name, you need to get with the program.Hackers have recently stung Fox News(NWS) and Apple (AAPL), theInternational Monetary Fund, Lockheed Martin(LMT) and Gmail (GOOG): How can you expect to protect yourself with lazy wordplay?  DailyFinance offers this guide to create secure but easy-to-remember passwords before the cyber-nasties get your personal information and ruin you.Robert Siciliano, a security specialist and consultant for McAfee (INTC), a maker ofmalware detection software, does the honors:

Use a combination of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and characters.It’s not as complicated as it seems. For example, let’s say someone wants to use the phrase iamhappytobe29 as the password foundation. Capitalize the i, keep the “am” lowercase and use the now-familiar colon and closed parenthesis 🙂 to signify happy, Then substitute a 2 for “to” and b for “be,” followed by a numerical 29. The password comes out Iam:)2b29. It’s like personalized license plate script with the added benefit of characters.

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