Very complicated passwords are good because they are hard to guess – but also hard to remember. You need a system or a device to remember them for you – either write them down on paper and keep in a safe place where no one can find it, or let the device (phone, computer, iPad) remember it for you. I do not trust just the device to remember – if someone gets hold of it and hacks iin, they can log in too easily to so many of your accounts. There are gobbledygook password generators that will make a password for you and store it – if you use one, be sure it’s a secure system.
I come up with convoluted, complicated passwords and wrote them down in a list without all the characters, like not the vowels or not a certain consonant, or skipped numbers, etc. (so no one else can interpret it). I keep a log on my device so I can update when I update a password. I do not label my list as “passwords” but some other type name not easily understood.
Here are complicated password options that might work for you – it could be your niece’s birthday and initials (if you don’t post happy birthday on that day on social media), your pet adoption day and its abbreviated name, a trip you took and the year or month if you didn’t post it online, your first car and its year or a memory from a year in it, and old phone number or address or some other sort of memorable event you did not put online. Join a couple things together especially if unrelated (like your old street address plus an expensive trip you took last year: 3445Kosovo$, for example) and neither have been posted online. Add a character to it that kind of reminds you of it. Use both upper and lower case letters plus numbers.
Do not use your birthday, your child or spouse birthday, your social security number in any part, your home address, your phone number, your child’s name, your first or last name, the street you used to live on (or anything you answered on social media).
Many apps, quizzes, games, and such try to harvest your answers to make a list of potential passwords they can use to hack into your private stores, bank accounts, social security payments, loans, and more. They can run those answers through programs that can come up with various combinations.
Make sure to use different passwords for each log-in so if one is guessed then everything else falls in. Any combination that you have not posted any portion of or used in another login can be used – then change passwords regularly to keep on top of any hackers. PR