Thursday, January 19, 2012

Never Forget a Password Again

I started this about a year or so ago, and it works great. My email has never been hacked. (Knock on wood.) This is how it works:

For every website you need a password for, choose two letters. It could be the first two, the last two, the second and third, etc. Always be consistent or you’ll start getting confused!

Second, and, again, this part will remain consistent for every password you have, choose a four-digit number, one that’s easy for you to remember. Also choose a five letter word.

Now, put them together in whatever combination you choose—just remain consistent.

For example, suppose the letters from the website will be the last two, my number is 1953, and my word is “jumps.” I want to change my password at Amazon. I decide this will be the combination:

o1j9u5m3psn

For Facebook it would be:

o1j9u5m3psk

For Goodreads it would be:

d1j9u5m3pss

Let me give another example. I will use the last two letters of the website and the same number and word.

Amazon:

on1953jumps

Facebook:

ok1953jumps

Goodreads:

ds1953jumps

All you have to remember is your number, word, and the way you choose to combine them. And stay consistent!

Hope this helps!

4 comments:

  1. Okay ... I think I might still get confused though ... I keep a little journal beside my desk in which I record my passwords. I keep changing them, too, but at least I have a written record ... I've never been hacked either and unless someone breaks into my house, finds my little journal, and bothers to use it I don't think I'll have a problem.

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  2. Perhaps I still didn't explain it clearly. :) Me, the one who forgets everything (except useless trivia) can always remember my password. Once your four numbers, and your word are memorized, you're all set. The beauty of this system is that each website has its own unique password.

    If your system works for you, great! Sometimes I'd forget to write down my password. It just didn't work for me!

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  3. GREAT tip - I have a system already in place that combines numbers and letters - but for those that need a hack safe options this would be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. You're welcome, Kat. My dil shared this with me, and it's worked great for me so far. So glad I don't have to keep looking up my passwords!

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Thanks for sitting a spell and chatting!