Passwords are a pain for you, for me and everyone that computes online. To help ease that pain, I want to share a concept I use for remembering so many of them to login to various protected sites.
Passwords are a necessary piece of security in our super connected world! If you use the same password on every login you use – you’re asking for trouble. If one of the sites you use that password is compromised – like LinkedIn in 2012 – every other site you use that password should be considered compromised. Every site you use should have its own password.
This is why I use pass phrases instead of passwords. I associate my pass phrases to the function each website is offering me. I use a word or words that relate to the site (in my mind), then I add a combination of letters and numbers and characters that I will not forget. If you are bilingual, the second set of characters can be in a different language, or if you are not bilingual, you can make something up. Use that combination on every page, but the first word or characters should be different for every site. Get creative, but remember to create a pattern that only you would guess.
Example: Your favorite discounted airline site (mine is cheapoair.com – even if I don’t login for months, I still always remember my pass phrase!). So what do you think about when you think about airlines? Maybe vacation? Maybe sunny weather or sandy beaches? My pass phrase for that site might be “sunar777?” because it contains the following:
- “Sun” (the site reminds me of the sun)
- “ar” (in Spanish it means “to do something”)
- “777?” (a set of numbers and characters I want to use on every site).
The “ar777?” can be used at every site with one or two words before it that is about what that site does for you. The pass phrase makes sense to no one but you. It is a strong, memorable pass phrase that will help keep you from getting hacked!
Try it out and let me know how it works for you.