In the light of the recent news about the Heartbleed vulnerability on the Internet there has been much discussion about changing passwords. While it is hard to assess the risk presented to each person by Heartbleed, there is no harm in changing your passwords for the services and sites you use on the web – these might include essential services you use such as Google for email or Drop Box for file storage. A list of popular sites that were affected by Heartbleed was posted on Mashable so consumers can check to see which services they use and can proactively change their passwords. As you review and change passwords this is a good chance to implement password policy best practices and make them more memorable too.
You can improve your security by using a unique password for each site and service you use on the web, then if one site is compromised it doesn’t affect your other accounts.
Now that you have more passwords, you need to make them more memorable. To do this try using phrases in real English (or the language of your choice) with some numbers and normal punctuation. Choosing absurd images helps some people remember them. For example: instead of impossible-to-remember passwords like “iklh&*55” use the more secure and memorable “2 pink cats!” or “5 dancing squirrels?”. Try and make it at least 15 characters long (spaces count) to make it more secure and use non alpha-numeric characters as well.