Ask a Nerd — Pa$$w0rds

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By Wayne Embrey

Passwords should be easy to remember. Now I’m not saying 123456 is OK, but G4ftyEF345fs@24%F@ is just ridiculous. We need a lot of passwords in today’s world, so let’s make creating them fun and easy.

Password requirements may be different on every web page. We’ll look at Apple as an example of what you are required to include in your password. The Apple site states, “Your password must be at least eight characters including a number, an uppercase letter, and a lowercase letter. You cannot use spaces, the same character three times in a row, your Apple ID, or a password you’ve used in the last year.”

WOW, I just wanted to make a password, I wasn’t expecting them to want a DNA sample. Don’t worry, we can make this easy by picking a theme and making a password the Department of Defense would be proud of.

Our dog’s name is Inara, and she would be proud to be our theme for today’s example. “Inara” will be my base that I can prefix and suffix till the day retina scans become required. “Inara” is only five characters, so we will need to add something to use it on the Apple site. “InaraApple” satisfies everything but the number, so let’s add the month she came into our life: “Inara12Apple.”

Now we have a password with twelve characters, upper and lower case letters, and numbers.

The password variations could be:
• 12InaraApple
• iNaraaPple12
• applEinarA12
• but the icing on the cake would be to add a symbol or two: Inara@12(Apple)

Here is a simple outline to help define the parts of your new passwords:
The base: Inara
The place: Apple
The numbers: 12
The symbols: @, ( )

Once you have a theme, making other passwords is easy:

Enjoy, be safe, and bring a nerd.

If you have questions for Wayne, Send them to: 4nerdsinc at

M! August/September 2013


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