Use This Simple Trick to Create Secure, Memorable Passwords

Dave LeClair 09-09-2016

The absolute best way to have secure passwords is to use a password manager How Password Managers Keep Your Passwords Safe Passwords that are hard to crack are also hard to remember. Want to be safe? You need a password manager. Here's how they work and how they keep you safe. Read More . It will generate random strings of text for your online services, and then you only need to remember one password — the one you use for the manager.


But for some people, they just don’t like using a password manager for whatever reason. For those people, we’ve found a cool tip on Reddit that will help you come with passwords that are more secure than your run-of-the-mill “123456” or “Password”.

  • Take the name of the service or website you want the password for and use its name backwards (Twitter is rettiwt, Trello is ollert, etc).
  • Plug your numerical birthday in between each letter. If yours is April 1, 1986 and you’re using Twitter, then you’d be r4e1t1t9i8w6t.
  • Capitalize the first letter (so you can remember that’s the one that’s uppercase) and add an exclamation point at the end.
  • In this example, our final password here is R4e1t1t9i8w6t!.

Now, you don’t actually need to remember the password itself Are You Making These 6 Password Manager Security Mistakes? Password managers can only be as secure as you want them to be, and if you're making any of these six basic mistakes, you're going to end up compromising your online security. Read More , but just how you got to it. You know your birthday, and you know the site you’re using. You know you capitalized the first word and added an ! at the end.

Like we said, this isn’t a perfect solution, and if someone is targeting you specifically, they may be able to crack it, but it will help protect you from mass, brute force attacks.

Do you have any other cool tricks for coming up with secure passwords? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Robert
    October 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    This is not secure at all.
    • not random
    • predictable
    • contains personal information

    And then you explain how the password is constructed.

    If you need a secure passphrase use the dice method where you roll up serveral words from a dictionary, string them together and add a number.

    • Random
    • not Predictable
    • no personal information

    • RD
      May 12, 2017 at 3:39 am

      Agree. Mt. Dave LeClair, please try and come up with something better.

  2. Kelsey Tidwell
    October 2, 2016 at 1:21 am

    I've always loved reading, so I'm surrounded by a lifetime accumulation of pulp and ink, and I realized a few weeks ago that it's a goldmine of password inspiration.

    Method 1: Pick a favorite book. Use the first letter of each word in the title. Use the copyright date. Use the author's initials. Organize those components in any order you choose.

    Method 2: Pick a favorite book. Write out the title, taking the first letter of the first word in every chapter and writing those letters between the title letters.

    Truly there are many, many ways you could use arbitrary categories of information from books, organizing that in various combinations that mean something to you. And that's the key...use information that means something to you, whether it's concerning your hobbies, the people in your life, or whatever. It's much easier to remember the details when you're interested in the subject matter.

    But as neat as it is to be able to come up with uncrackable passwords by using little mind tricks, I mainly just use LastPass. :)

  3. Jorge
    September 13, 2016 at 6:04 am

    I know that I am definitely NOT heading to Twitter/Facebook etc. to see if I can get into Mr. LeClair's accounts...


    My trick: Passphrase, not password. Go to and give it a try. Dave's password example (R4e1t1t9i8w6t!) clocks in at an impressive 204 million years. But 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 (that is 1[space]two[space]three[space]...nine[space]) is 167 million.

    Spaces (if the site allows it) add a high level of security. If you can come up with a phrase (like, "This Is My Twitter Password") you can increase the security exponentially. (That passphrase would take 76 nonillion years, whatever a "nonillion" is.) (Also, don't use that passphrase because it is stupid. It's just an example of how increasing length and adding spaces will improve security.)

    Use something meaningful to you, but not related to the site (which is where I disagree with Dave). Say you drive a 1968 Corvette. Passphrase: I Love My 68 'Vette, Bruh. (408 octillion.) Or you love horses. Passphrase: Them Lipizzaners Are Dope, Yo. (385 decillion.) Or you are in love with Taylor Swift. Passphrase: I'd Let You Drive My Big Red Pickup Truck, Babe. (809 unvigintillion, which sounds like they are just making stuff up now.)

    Now I need to go change some passphrases.

  4. Murray
    September 12, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I took the digits of my house number and pressed shift for the first two (ex:2213 lakeview Lane) would be @@13 Lakeview Lane) I also interchanged some characters with alpha but this is tricky since not all sites allow ANY characters. What I ended it with was 2213L@k3vi3w!2n3 (might be hard to remember but just as hard to crack).

  5. dang
    September 11, 2016 at 12:56 am

    I like to use a favorite song. Take the first letter of the first 8 to 10 words on the song. Makes for a pretty secure password. You can always add a symbol or number yo make it even more secure.

    • Darrin
      September 12, 2016 at 8:54 am

      I like that idea, pitty i'm so terrible at remembering song lyrics

  6. Darrin
    September 9, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I normally just use 100%then a word or expresion with the first letter capitilised and the letters E, I, O, S as numbers instead. E.g 100%C0d3br3ak3r5