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Sunday, April 13, 2008

EASY TO REMEMBER PASSWORDS

Do you find it hard to remember passwords, but don't want to use the same simple-to-crack password for each site you visit (PASSWORD)? Lifehacker.com has some great suggestions:

Think of a letters/numbers combination (4 characters or more) that will start each of your passwords. Then use the like number of starting characters from the name of that site to create your password.

EXAMPLES:

Your password starter: ZXCV
Site you're using: Yahoo
Password: ZXCVYAHO

Your password starter: ZXCV
Site you're using: FlickR
Password: ZXCVFLIC

Add one or more numbers to your password starter to make it harder to crack:

EXAMPLES:

Your password starter: ZXCV5
Site you're using: Yahoo
Password: ZXCV5YAHOO

Your password starter: ZXCV5
Site you're using: FlickR
Password: ZXCV5FLICK

KEY CONSIDERATIONS:

1. Your password starter needs to be a random set of characters not easily tied to you, so don't use address, birth year, phone number, nickname, etc.

2. Site name has fewer overall characters than your password starter? Round out with zeros.

3. Once a year (on your birthday or other easy to remember day), change your password starter and then change all your passwords.

4. Don't forget your password starter (but don't slap a sticky note with the password starter written on it on your monitor)!

See the Lifehacker.com article:

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