By Bailegirl from NC
I = I
Love = L
My = M
Dog = D
So = S
Much = M
It's a very easy way for me to remember my password.
By Caroleerose from Madison, AL
I have a word for sites that deal directly with my money, for example my bank account and Paypal. I have a word for dealing with web accounts where I spend money, like eBay and Amazon. And I have a word for all the generic websites I visit like ThriftyFun.
Pick a common word you can remember and geekify it. For example the name Mike could easily be spelled m!K3 using the exclamation point as an upside down "i" and the number 3 for a reversed E. The option of reversing case is up to you, the name Mike could just have easily been M!k3.
Now, take the name of the website you are visiting and take at least 2 letters from the website name. In the case of ThriftyFun you can take TF and add it to the end of your word. So if we are using Mike, our password would at this point be m!K3TF. However, that is only 6 characters and most websites prefer a longer password, so I add one number for each letter of the website I used. So my password for ThriftyFun would be m!K3TF12.
If I was making a password for Amazon my preference might be the first and last letter for a one word website. But my preference is actually to use the vowels of the site name. So my unique password for Amazon would be m!K3aAO123. So my general websites' passwords for these sites would be:
Office Max m!K3om12
My bank is Home Federal I use a different method for it because it is direct access to my money. I use the whole name, but I substitute all vowels with numbers, the first vowel is 1 the second 2 etc. h1M2f3D4R5L. I could have used the same method as before with a different word like the word mantis M@NT!5 with the letters of the bank hf and the number 12 so the whole password would be M@NT!5hf12.
And my third password is in the same vein, I just made it unique so it is used less often. It takes a minute to think about your password, but you have a unique password for every site and you have your method of remembering what your passwords are.
Source: IT professional dealing with people writing their passwords on sticky notes and putting them on their computer in plain site. :/
By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN
I also use a telephone book to store all my passwords and I write them in pencil so I can easily erase and rewrite new passwords every 45 days.
You can now use @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) ? > < ! as part of your password.
My passwords are now very complex and there's no way I remember any of them. If nothing else, it keeps my sanity.
By CaroleeRose from Madison, AL
This has been a real help to me in the past when I had a computer crash or changed computers. I take my notebook with me if I need to go to the library to use one of their computers.
By Nightsong from Yates Center, KS
For example: my password might be: littlest niece's middle name, year mom died, and name of my first cat) = Lindsey2001Kitty. Or another: color of my car, year I started this job, and my best friend's last name = red2010angela. You get the idea.
By Vicki from Dallas, TX
By ginnywest from Murrells Inlet, SC
For instance take the short word zip + (4 random numbers) you could do something like z45i11p (zip + 5411). I even use this plan with my debit cards and all. The ones that require you to change on a set basis then reorganize the numbers.
To keep track of all my internet usernames and passwords for banking, bills etc. I just typed them all in catagories of: site, username, password then printed them out and taped them inside my computer cabinet door. No more forgetting. No one ever uses my computer so if privacy would be an issue, just hide it nearby your computer.
By LI Roe
Just a few thoughts on the subject... - Alph (12/08/2004)
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By mzkeller (03/30/2005)
I had a difficult time keeping track of my computer passwords. I had kept a file on my computer to refer back to as needed but I had to search back through all the passwords and websites. I purchased a "Telephone/Address Book". I use a pen to enter websites in alphabetical order and a pencil to enter ID name and/or password (due to a few sites that require you to change the password frequently for security) I can store the book away for security. Life is easier with the address book. Hope this helps someone.
By Diane from Myrtle Beach, SC