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Password Security: Riffs on a neat idea

Here’s a clever idea from Adam Pash, seen on LifeHacker: To create a hard-to-hack password you can remember, simply move your fingers over one key to the right on the keyboard and type in your preferred dictionary word.

Since anything posted on Lifehacker by now no doubt has been seen by every malicious hacker on the planet, it makes sense to create some refinements on that.

For example, you could move your fingers up or down a row, too, or repeat the password in different iterations. Suppose your password is your dog’s name, Rover. Because hitting the shift key is more work than you can bear, you spell it rover.

Using Adam’s lifehack, you get tpbrt. Type the same sequence with your fingers one key to the right in the top row of alphabetical characters, and you get 49f34. Or move your fingers to a different position in the top row—say, two keys to the right instead of one—and you get 6-h56.

If you combine these two sequences to make a single string of characters, you’d get a difficult-to-parse password, something like tpbrt49f34 or tpbrt6-h56.

To enhance security further, you could add an arbitrary character between the two iterations of Rover’s jumbled name: tpbrt]49f34.

Easy on the memory and relatively hassle-free.