For about 20 years, I have not used easy-to-guess passwords, and I think it’s probably because I lived with a nerdy guy who introduced me to the world of computers and the world of corruption. I can still hear his voice in my head telling me to make sure my password isn’t easily guessed, and how he demonstrated the swiftness with which passwords were cracked.
I did the same thing as this guy in the article: I saved money for my European trip when I changed my password to one that reminded me to save money for my trip. I bought new shoes. I got rid of a bad friend. I got brain surgery – 10, in fact. I remembered my first loves and continue to date, because if I found love before, I can find it again.
So decide what you want, and then make a password to match it. My guess is that you will have to use it at least one to two times a day, and what better way to remind yourself of what you should put energy into than to punch in a password?
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That is fun a idea, BUT there are so damn many of them. So if today I set my password to my current goal, next year I log back in and can’t remember it.
So I think I might have a 2 password system. Easy to crack, easy to remember passwords for random websites and unimportant rarely used things.
Your system for things I use fairly regularly. Of course, now that I think about that – I could just use your system on all of it and then if I can’t remember a year later do a password reset.
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I do have a password that is my default for the “easy” sites – in other words, ones that will never have my financial info, but maybe I have to have a password to leave a comment. I count on those sites to never require a maintenance password reset. At one of my workplaces we were required to change the password every 90 days, only use numbers and letters with a minimum of two numbers and be exactly 8 characters, so I started using flowers. For instance, “sunflower” could be “snfl0w3r.” If capitalization is required, you can always just have that as the first or last character; if symbols are required, you can pick symbols that kind of look like a letter, like # resembles “H” and “@” resembles “a.”
I have a boss who always uses zero for O or @ for a. That is too much trouble to type for me. And since I have to use his passwords from time to time to get into certain things I curse him a bit. But I do see how it makes things a bit more complex.
I’m a fan of pattern passwords. In other words – I want to type it with one hand, so I choose a pattern on the keyboard that keeps my hand in one place but doesn’t actually spell anything.
I find patterns are easier to remember. My brain is kind of weird.
That works too! I remember patterns for when I have to use a number keypad, like PINs for credit cards and voicemail.
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