There are three important overarching principles about passwords: keep them strong, accessible, and memorable.
Password generators let you create strong passwords that can secure your logins and create stronger passwords that ensure that your accounts will be safer from hackers and other external threats. While many free password generators are available online, they lack the accessibility and memorability needed for a successful “password routine,” and often leave the user with a fantastically strong password that is impossible to remember and can only be accessed if the user writes the password down.
Strength can’t be the only element that comprises your password equation. A password must be a healthy balance of strength, accessibility, and memorability, or else it’s doomed to fail. A password that is strong yet contains so many numbers and symbols that you could never remember it useless without some type of password manager.
Likewise, a password that that is a pet’s name, the name of your street, and a short list of meaningful numbers, e.g. FlufflyOakLane1999, is ripe for hacking. So be weary when using a password generator that only creates unreasonably long and complicated passwords if you don’t use it in connection with a password manager.
Accessibility comprises the second element of the password equation. Accessibility means that your strong passwords can be reached easily. Scribbling down six passwords on a piece of paper hidden in the left drawer of your desk . . . or was it the right drawer? . . . Maybe it was in your wallet or purse? They might seem accessible if they’re on paper, but lose the paper and you’re out of luck.
Being able to access your password is equally, if not more, important as having strong passwords. Try one of the many free password managers available online to eliminate issues with password accessibility.
Many people don’t merely want to create strong passwords and access them; they also want to remember passwords while maintaining the same level of password strength and accessibility. If you’re someone who wants to have passwords committed to memory, or you prefer not to use one of the many of the available password managers, see some of our tips about memorizing passwords.
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