How to Remember a Lot of Passwords
One of the biggest headaches for people today is to remember numerous passwords of the various internet services and websites they use. In the past, there were only a couple of internet sites like Yahoo or Gmail to visit occasionally and you could easily remember a few passwords. Or you kept the same password for every site for easy remembering. And that was not a problem some years ago because financial sites like banks and credit cards werenít internet or Smartphone enabled like today. But thatís a dangerous method now with all the hacking and spoofing everyday.
Today, itís not a good idea to keep the same password for your bank, insurance, email, credit cards, social networking, internet devices, WiFi, Smartphone, payment apps, etc. And If you accidentally get hacked in one site then itís easily possible for a hacker to get into every website you use and cause mischief. But when itís dangerous to keep the same password for each site itís a terrible headache to remember some 15Ė20 passwords. Also jotting all the passwords in your diary is another bad idea. And if you forget the password for a site then itís another cumbersome method to get it reset. Also all service providers now force you to use a combination of letters and numbers as passwords. So what do you do when practically every service is now internet enabled?
To solve the above, I have devised a simple method to help you remember a lot of passwords. While this still doesnít prevent brute hacking by experts or your government snooping on your internet activity, itís still possible for you to remember a lot of complex passwords using my method. I will now show you how to create a sample complex (but easy to remember) password for Yahoo. But donít use my example password for any of your internet sites. Create your own unique password.
First pick a complex, non-dictionary word of 7 or 8 characters that you can easily remember. For example, let us use Wekamore.
Next add the short forms of various internet sites to the end of the above complex word. For example, Wekamoreyh, where yh stands for Yahoo. So you now have a combination of a complex word plus the short form of the particular site in your password. But wait, your password is still not complete.
Next add a four or five digit number at the end of the above word. For example let us choose 1952. So your complex Yahoo password will now be Wekamoreyh1952. Now this completes your password.
Similarly you can add gm for Gmail, fb for Facebook, tw for Twitter, etc., to Wekamore and create complex passwords for each (like Wekamoregm1952, Wekamoretw1952, etc) that you can easily remember.
Now all you have to remember is Wekamore, 1952 and the short forms of various internet sites you use. And presto, you now have an easy formula to remember your password for that site, and for all other internet sites that you use.
As an added security measure, you can also split your financial and non- financial sites and use two complex words (say Wekamore and Pikinare) and two 4 digit numbers (say 1952 and 1438).
As an additional security measure, itís also a good idea to register your
cellphone number to all the sites in their security settings. So in case
your password gets locked out your service provider can send you an SMS to
your registered phone to get the password unlocked.
Finally, we shall end this article with a quote by Clifford Stoll who said, ĎTreat your password like your toothbrush. Donít let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.í
Article Author - Thejendra B.S
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