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Easy and Secure Password Management

This is a tip passed on to me by my security instructor that works with government installations. Go to a password generator website such as http://maord.com/ Choose to generate an 8 (or higher) character string and check the boxes for lowercase, uppercase, numbers and symbols. Also chose type-safe, random salt (which strengthens passwords), and password strength. Write the password, then test type to make sure the password can be typed. Don't attempt to memorize it.

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When you have a password you can comfortably type, write it down and put it where you can find it, even paste it to your keyboard if you like, and label it Part #, or whatever you want. Now for the security part.

For each website that you need a password for select a key (minimum of 4 letters and or symbols) that you will remember, such as t+am for Texas A&M. Look at the written password and find a point to insert the key. For ease of remembrance this should be in the same place for all of your passwords, but if you are good it can be in different places for different websites.

DO NOT write down the short code, or mark this insertion point, these are things that you will have to memorize, but it still is much easier than remembering 12-16 characters. So the main password could be :yk/B66T and when you put the key ta+m into it, you could have :yta+mk/B66T. There are no uncrackable codes, but this is pretty darn close. Especially if you use a different key for each website.

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August 9, 20140 found this helpful

This seems like a very good idea, if you need to have ultra secure passwords.

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August 10, 20140 found this helpful

I'll check out the website you mentioned. With all the security breaches now days, I think it would be worthwhile. Some of my websites I may not need or use the automated passwords but for my bank account, credit card account, Amazon account and some others, I think this is a good idea.

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August 11, 20140 found this helpful

Maybe I'm just dense but I could not figure this out. Random salt, etc. what is that?

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August 13, 20140 found this helpful

This method would be frustrating, especially if I didn't keep track (by writing) of each password.

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August 15, 20140 found this helpful

Wow. That was very confusing for me, too. As far as password management, I keep two Rolodexes; one A-H, the second, I-Z. At the top of the Rolodex card, I write the website. Under that I write my sign on ID and under that, I write my password. Then any pin numbers, etc. I keep the Rolodexes in a locked drawer.

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July 1, 20190 found this helpful

Good point! For me, I use Sticky Password software which can generate completed password and I don't need to remember.

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