We told you about our favorite trick for creating a tough-to-crack passwords and asked for your ideas.  Randal’s method involves using a line from a favorite song. Here are some of your suggestions.

Orv uses Google Translate:

“I translate a common English phrase into an obscure language via Google Translate. For example, “today is Wednesday, June 4″ becomes, in Cebuano,”Karon mao ang Miyerkules, Hunyo 4.” Eliminate the spaces and you get


Other letters, numbers, symbols, etc. can be inserted. The tricky part is remembering the English words and the language into which they are translated.”

Helen draws divine inspiration:

“I’ve adapted the Verse idea to use a verse from the Bible. the first letter and anything pertaining to God is capitalised, and the reference contains a colon and digits. As in: Imitate God therefore in everything you do Ephesians5:1 – becomes:IGtieydE5:1”

Cathryne has a little fun with her method:

“My son-in-law suggested I pick a couple of words that fit that site ie: dangsite, painNpatutee, add number(s)and symbol(s) as needed. I forget far fewer of them since I switched over and nice to know they are harder to find with programs. Change placements of capitals, etc. but keep it so it makes sense to you.”


Ed tries to mix it up even more:

You can mix in CAPS and non caps by using mnemonics like” Hail Mary full of Grace” or “Mary had a little Lamb” this gives you HMfoG or MhalL and mixing in numbers HM1foG2 or Mh3al4L and the occasional (!) !HM1foG2 makes it even stronger…Numbers in series lets you get away with the deadly same password for multiple sites. 1HM1fo2G for site #1 2HM1fo2G for site #2 etc……

Thanks for all the great suggestions! If you have a suggestion for creating and remembering passwords, be sure to let us know in the comments.

~ Cynthia