Simple tips to create & remember secure passwords

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Cyber Safety with Joanna and Jodie on The Fish Family Morning Show 103.9 FM The Fish

Phil Taylor, Owner of Professional Computer Services in Granite Bay encourages parents to distinguish devices for family business (with local storage capacity for important documents) and children's use.(for web-based games and apps).

Phil Taylor, Owner of Professional Computer Services in Granite Bay.

Keeping track of the passwords for on-line accounts is an increasingly challenging task. Just about every aspect of our lives involves some form of on-line communication. Banking, social media accounts, communications, smart devices – at every turn, we are logging on and off. Authentication is also more important as cyber criminals are finding very clever ways to gain access to our accounts for the purpose of identity theft.

If you sat down to calculate the number of on-line accounts associated with your email and/or phone number, it may be more than 20 – and setting and remembering secure passwords can be a challenge.

Phil Taylor is the owner of Professional Computer Services with stores in Granite Bay and Roseville. “The passwords should include a mix of letters, small and upper case, numbers and special symbols”, he said, “And so you will want to have your own personal system that you do not share with others.”

Below are Taylor’s tips to set and remember secure passwords.

First, make a conversion chart for letters and symbols. For example, the “s” may be represented by a dollar sign. Here is an example:

P A $ $ w o r D 1 7 0

In the example above there are three upper case letters and dollar signs standing in for the “s” and the number on the end.

Second, with your conversion chart then you can make up passwords that you can remember, like your pet name combined with the name of the town you were bonr (this is a tip for creating a pen name).

Third, if you are keeping a master list of passwords, then store it on a thumb drive attached to your key ring, do not leave it on your local drive. There are apps designed to allow you to store passwords, but Taylor recommends an off-line approach. “If you keep your password list attached to your key chain, it is not likely to be misplaced and you will always have it with you when you need it,” he said.


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Jodie Stevens, Hostess of The Fish Family Morning Show on 103.9FM, with her cyber mom, Joanna Jullien. They talk cyber safety on Tuesday mornings.

Jodie Stevens, Hostess of The Fish Family Morning Show on 103.9FM, with her cyber mom, Joanna Jullien. They talk cyber safety on Tuesday mornings.

Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and speaker on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber powered world. She is a mother of two grown sons, the author of The Authority In Me: The Power of Family Life in the Network Culture, produces The Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on, and is the CyberParenting advisor on The Fish 103.9FM. Her new book, A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media is now available for PC and all eReader formats including Kindle, Nook, iPad.

Jodie Stevens, hostess of The Fish Family Morning Show on 103.9FM The Fish offers insights and lessons learned about faith and recovery from addiction. Check out her blog, Genuine Life with Jodie Stevens, weekday mornings on the Family Morning Show.



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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna ( and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.