Anagram Your Passwords!

Remember those puzzles that require you to rearrange letters to make words and phrases?  They take a sequence of letters like alarepirctl and you manipulate them to become the word caterpillar.  Why not take that game, give yourself a few rules and create your passwords in the same way?

How to do it:

  1. Take an 8-character minimum word or phrase as your seed word
  2. Use a numeric replacement (such as those listed under common replacements) or add a number
  3. Use a special character replacement or add a special character
  4. Capitalize at least one letter
  5. Create a character mapping schema (as in example below)
    • 8 – character password
      • 1 –> 3 –> 4 –> 7 –> 6 –>5 –> 2 –> 8 –> 1
    • 9-character password
      • 4 –> 2 –> 3 –> 7 –> 9 –> 1 –> 8 –> 6 –> 5 –> 4
    • 10-character password
      • 1 –> 3 –> 5 –> 7 –> 9 –> 1 and 10 –> 8 –> 6 –> 4 –> 2 –> 10

Example #1: 8-character word with simple substitution

  1. pavement
  2. pav3m3nt
  3. p@v3m3nt
  4. p@V3m3nt
  5. tmpV3n3@

Example #2: 10-character word with simple substitution

  1. remarkable
  2. remarkab1e
  3. rem@rk@b1e
  4. reM@rk@b1e
  5. 1@rkMbre@r

Example #3: 8-character word with additional characters

  1. keyboard
  2. keyboard5
  3. keyboard5^
  4. keyboArd5^
  5. 5^kdyAobre

These passwords are relatively easy to remember and the character mapping is something that can be safely stored on your computer!

As always, do not use the passwords generated in this or any other post as your password.  Also, do not use the exact mappings listed above!

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