Serena Williams Has Some Incredible Advice On Picking Your Passwords

Password field on computer screen, detail
Password field on computer screen, detail
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Not content with being an international tennis star, guest editor of Wired and all-round incredible person, Serena Williams also has some amazing advice for people who are struggling to remember their passwords.

Writing in an essay for her Wired issue, Williams says:

"Back in 2008, when I was competing in the US Open, I would keep little “match books,” where I’d write affirmations to myself and read them during matches.

"It worked pretty well. But before long I found an even better way to inspire myself: I started using affirmations as the passwords to my phone and my computer. (No, I’m not going to tell you what my current affirmation is!) You should try it.

"You’ll be surprised how many times a day you log in and have an opportunity to trigger that positivity. I love that I can use technology that way."

"here you have it. Instead of trying to remember a complicated list of numbers, symbols and letters, simply pick an inspirational affirmation and convert it into a password.

The great thing is you don't have to just write it in plain English (which would make it vulnerable to hacking), but instead replace letters for numbers, use symbols as space bars or remove words randomly and replace them with the first or last letter.

Not only does this help complicate the password but it'll still make you think of the saying anyway.

Serena Williams is guest editor of this month's issue of Wired.

Her genius piece of advice comes from an essay entitled: The Ball Is In Your Court which will appear in her guest edited issue of Wired.

The issue will tackle major subject areas from the diversity problem that Silicon Valley currently suffers from to the nationwide rise of #BlackLivesMatter.