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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$lastFourDigitsOfHomePhoneNumbersiteName for hotmail would generate: ‘Spot$6483-hotmail’

yearOfVacationTrip+DreamCar.lastThreeLettersOfSiteName for yahoo would generate: ’95+Porsche911.hoo’


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By: juancamilo.estela

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9 Comments to “I will give you my password and you will never forget it”

  • Andy says...

    What if I forget my pattern?! 😉

    Reply - Screamed on May 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm
    • LOL, then you could use this as your pattern:
      IForgotMy[insert sitename here]pwd,
      my1st[insert sitename here]password or
      My[insert sitename here]pattern

      Reply - Screamed on May 10, 2010 at 7:58 pm
  • misterkofa says...

    sounds good in theory but not sure it will work in practice. The best way IMO is to simply write it down and back up that file on your computer or phone.

    Reply - Screamed on May 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm
  • Freddy says...

    So Juan, as soon as you create an account on my web site, I will know what your pattern is. After that, based on that pattern, I can quite easily figure out your passwords used at other sites. Isn’t that a huge security issue?

    Reply - Digitally recorded on June 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    • It can be if you, as a webmaster, have access to your user’s passwords. This is what differences quality websites from insecure websites. If your website is secure and of good quality your user’s passwords will be encrypted. This way even if you have access to your own database ( or someone gains access to it ) the passwords remain safe. We just hope you don’t give your information to untrusted websites because either way… your password will not be safe.

      Reply - Digitally recorded on June 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm
  • Pete says...

    I’ve used patterns for years and works a treat! I don’t think i could ever forget the pattern.

    Reply - Screamed on June 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm
  • Vulf says...

    I still use this method to “polymorphize” passwords for diffrent sites. Anyway a to complex pattern it’s hard to be used for some sheeps ( like 3rd example )
    The password must be strong to escape from brute-force attacks or accidental guessing, altrough this are rare nowadays … Hackers usualy find passwords by stoling the whole database, with all password in it – therefore this is idependent of user-password complexity. So, I think that an algotithm for this should exist, but without to much complexity :)
    I love your website design! It’s one of the best I ever saw !! 😀

    Reply - Proudly said on June 28, 2011 at 1:32 am
  • Di says...

    I think this is an awesome idea! now…why didn’t I think of that! lol! thank you I enjoyed the read!

    Reply - Screamed on July 4, 2011 at 11:38 am
  • Given says...

    Love the website bud, and some great advice there with regards to passwords! :-)

    Reply - Proudly said on January 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

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