Remembering passwords can be a huge pain in the neck.  But if you make them too easy, hackers can get access to some really important information.

Why are passwords so hard to remember?

There are a couple of reasons why they're normally so hard to remember.

1.  You have to change them so often - How many times a year would you guess you have to change your password for work?  They're hard to keep track of when they're always changing.  It's safer that way, but it doesn't make them easy to recall.

2. Letters, numbers, and symbols (oh my!)  - Passwords cannot just be words.  Most of them require you to use a combination of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and even symbols to make sure that it's very unique and much harder to guess.

3. You shouldn't use the same password for multiple sites - If you use the same password for everything you have, then it makes it easy for hackers to get access to everything you have.  The experts suggest that you use a different password every time.  So now, you have to remember hundreds of passwords.

Passwords could be affirmations

If you're looking for a way to come up with an easy password that only you'll remember, this site suggests using affirmations.  They're phrases that you say day in and day out to make yourself stronger mentally.  Phrases like "Love The Skin I'm In" or "I Am Always Enough" both qualify.  Maybe it's just a phrase that helps you make it through the day.  They suggest passwords like:

  • uAREur0wng0alz
  • iAM_always3nough!
  • loveTHE$k!nIMin.

These Buffalo-themed passwords could be too easy though.

The passwords above might be strong because of the differing letters, numbers, and symbols that they use but maybe affirmations aren't your thing.  But if you're too personal with them, they can be a dead giveaway.  If you're a sports fan, all it takes is a quick glance at your Facebook page to guess your favorite team or player.  Maybe it's because you can remember them using moments in time from being a Buffalo Bills or Sabres fan.  It doesn't have to be sports-related either.  Maybe it's a particular event that happened in Buffalo.  Maybe it's a road that you drive every day, or a landmark like the Big Blue water tower.

I wouldn't suggest you use these directly, but here are some good examples of ways that you could come up with a strong password that is easy for you to remember.

Buffalo Passwords To Help You Remember Easily

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The important thing to remember is to change it up.  Don't use those exact passwords.  But you can use that method to remember them a little easier.  Good luck!

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