I Will Give You My Password And You Will Never Forget It
My password is: ‘a pattern’. Obviously I can’t give you the exact pattern for my password but I will tell you how I made my password, different for every site and never forget it! Recently software security issues are making developers demand strong passwords. A few years ago basic passwords like ‘abc123’ were enough. Today you have to have passwords longer than 6 characters. They must have numbers AND letters. Some, but not all, of the letters must be capitalized, and to make things worse you must put a symbol like .-_$@ in it! finally you memorize your hard to remember and senseless password and the new site your trying to register in, requires a strong password… but the password you’ve tried so hard to memorize for all other sites is too long! what the…? With this quicktip we’ll try to solve this password madness.
The solution: a pattern.
It is easier to memorize a pattern than a sequence of characters that lack meaning. But what do I mean by a pattern? Let’s make one and find out.
Pick data easily remembered by you
Something like your name, last name, birthdate, pets names, id number, city of birth, etc. Choose a combination of these that has both numbers and letters. For this example we’ll use my first name , which is ‘Juan’ and my birthyear which ’83’. Up until now our password is ‘Juan83’, not very secure but some sites allow it.
Add a word that’s related to the site or application you’re trying to login to
Let’s say we are registering at gmail so our password would be ‘gmailJuan83’. For hotmail our password would be ‘hotmailJuan83’ and so on. This way you have a secure password different for each site. You only have to remember the pattern, not a different password for each site.
Add a symbol
In this case we’ll use ‘-‘ as a separator. So our final password for gmail would be ‘gmail-Juan83’.
Take it up a notch
To increase security a little more, define a rule like ‘All vowels are Uppercase’ or ‘All letters e will be replaced by a 3’. If we apply the first rule to our password we get: ‘gmAIl-JUAn83’.
So there you go! make up your own a pattern and remember all of your passwords for every site without suffering from the weak password syndrome. At the end of this post you’ll find more patterns you can use. If you want to suggest one leave it in the comments.
Example Password Patterns
firstThreeLettersOfSiteName.birthMonth(lastName) for gmail would generate: ‘ gma.feb(Smith)’
petName$lastFourDigitsOfHomePhoneNumber–siteName for hotmail would generate: ‘Spot$6483-hotmail’
yearOfVacationTrip+DreamCar.lastThreeLettersOfSiteName for yahoo would generate: ’95+Porsche911.hoo’