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It's hard to remember all of those passwords for different sites, and writing them all down isn't safe, so how do you keep up with them all? Start a separate free email account (yahoo, hotmail, gmail, etc) just to keep up with those passwords. Email them to yourself at that account, with the name of the site as the subject. Then you can look them up anytime you need them quickly and easily!
By Bailegirl from NC
I remember sentences to create passwords for my computer. For example, I may think, "I Love My dog so much" so my password would be "ILMDSM"
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
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.
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.
I use a spiral notebook to keep tips, website addresses or phone numbers for companies I might use at gift buying time by the computer. I also write my passwords for different logins on the back cover. It is quick and I don't need to memorize all the different logins.
I don't use many different screennames to keep it simple, but here is how I remember my passwords. I write them down, and carry most in my wallet, but I disguise them with words and numbers that only I would know or understand (or my family would either know or could find out, in case of my demise and they would want to get into my bank account).
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
Choose a category that interests you; Premier League Footballers, Wild Flowers or whatever. Find a name for all of the more commonly used letters of the alphabet (Iris for I, Jasmine for J, etc). Your password for any given site will be the name that starts with the same initial letter, plus whatever combination of numbers or other characters you select.
I have moved to this method since starting to do online surveys, and it makes it so easy to remember what my password is. If you do need a written key to the names that you picked, though - please don't store it on your desktop!
Not necessarily a "thrifty" tip, but a time/trouble saving. If you're need a security code word or password you can use a phone number of a friend or family member that's ingrained in your long-term memory, along with their initials.
I have given this lots of thought and have figured out a simple way to have a unique password for every site I visit with only needing to remember 3 words.
I have a unique way for remembering my passwords. I came up with a simple sentence that I can remember, for instance:"I love hot fudge sundaes and chocolate cake 2 !" My actual password would be: ilhfs&cc2!
I have found that it is best to keep a hard copy of my e-mail address book and user names and passwords, just in case of computer loss or my memory failure. I use a 3 by 5 inch spiral notecard book.
If you have a computer program that remembers all of your passwords for you for all of the websites you visit, you can get very dependent on that for serving as your "memory". If your system were to fail, you would probably be hard pressed to remember all of your passwords.
I use my computer constantly and have for many years. Along the way, I've joined many, many sites, forums, etc. with user names and passwords. I use the same for most, but there are those that require something a little different and mine won't work.
When I get an email to help me reset it, I go back to it after I have reset the password and type it in that email and resend it to myself.
Since an assortment of creative passwords and other info is too much to remember when accessing your favorite websites, you might find the following tip useful:
Use a phrase or an abbreviation of a phrase that you can remember and a series of numbers for your password. For example "i am crazy about dogs" can be "iacad" then add numbers and a special character at the end.
Instead of random letters for passwords, create an 8 word sentence (with at least one number in it) that's memorable to you. Use a song lyric, favorite line from a book or movie or personal statement.
It is hard to remember passwords. When possible (when you are able to select your password), choose a very short word that is easy to remember + a few numbers. For websites, put those numbers within the word.
My DH is a wonderful guy in most respects but he absolutely refuses to learn some things. I get so tired of a grown up Korean War vet hollering at me; "What's our email address?"
I love to crochet, craft, sew, read news daily, and look for new recipes and while I do have a password saving program, it does not always work! Or perhaps I am techno-tarded, either way depending on my 60 year old memory proves not successful.
Keep your passwords on the back of a picture in a frame that is somewhere you can easily access. That way, you will always have your passwords available, but someone else won't know they are there!
I keep my most visited web sites with user id's and passwords written down on a little notebook and locked in a safe. Before I get online, I reference back to the ones I want to visit, then return the notebook back to the safe.
When you need a numeric password, use a phone number of a family member to remember the password, post a note on or near your computer with the name of the person whose number you used.
Regarding the problem remembering passwords, etc., I have always used former addresses which always have numbers and capital letters. Also, grandchildren's names with their date of birth.
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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
Thanks, I'm always lost. GREAT IDEA (02/09/2008)
Good ideas. I have mine written on a sheet of paper here somewhere. Better if I put them on 3x5 inch cards and filed them in my recipe box. (02/10/2008)
My son installed Password Corral 4.0 on my computer. It's a place where I can store my website accounts and the passwords for them so I won't get mixed up. Hope this works. Also if you put a search on Google for password protection help there's a lot of information there also. Hope this helps. (03/03/2008)
I do the same thing plus I enter them into Excel and save to disc and to be sure a cd, it only takes a minute to load, change and save info. (12/04/2004)
I use a flat Rolodex for mine, with the lettered tab spacers. I write each website and user id and password and file them under the appropriate lettered tab in alphabetical order. Saved a lot of searching through little pieces of paper that I use to keep on the work station. Now it's all in one. I like the flat Rolodex better. Got it from work when I retired. And since I am the only one in my house, privacy is not an issue. (so far).
LI Roe (12/05/2004)
By LI Roe
I use a simple address book. I got a small 4x6 book with the alphabet tabs and keep it in my desk. I have referred to it many times. (12/05/2004)
Where privacy is an issue, I write my passwords, PIN numbers, etc. down disguised as phone numbers, zip codes, or something of the sort. If someone was digging through my papers and found a list of phone numbers (with bogus names before them) I doubt if they'd suspect they were anything but phone numbers. For example, if I had a PIN number of 9999 (I don't, BTW), I might write it as "987-9999". If it were the number for my account at the Trust Company Bank (I don't have one of those either) I might precede it with a name like "Tom's Country Biscuits".
Just a few thoughts on the subject... - Alph (12/08/2004)
I bought a blank book, and put all the different websites and addresses, passwords, user names in it - this way it can be on the book shelf and no one knows its there (except my husband who always forgets his passwords). I usually pay bills online but I needed to have something where he could go if he had to pay them some day.
By Mary (12/10/2004)
those of you living alone who think privacy isn't an issue......what if someone broke into your home? they would be able to find where you list those items easily. Alph has the right idea! also tootsy118. you can save them on a cd and label the cd something like Dolly Parton's Greatest Hits, something no burglar would suspect had important password info on it. (12/11/2004)
I KEEP ALL USERNAMES AND PASSWORDS IN A WORD PROCESSING FILE. THIS WAY IT IS ALPHABETIZED, EASY TO SORT AND EASY TO ADD, DELETE AND FIND IT WHENEVER I NEED IT. YOU CAN KEEP PIN NUMBERS, ACCOUNT NUMBERS AND PASSWORDS ALL IN THE SAME PLACE - EASY! (12/20/2004)
I use a handheld. With it, you can backup the info into your computer. You can also deny access to other people by saving it with a password of its own. And, it's easily portable.
I use 3x5 index cards to write email addresses and favorite websites as well as keeping my username and password on these cards if I happen to forget when I use more than one username for different websites.
I use one of those small, free address books that you get every year when you get calendars. (03/31/2005)
I use this handy book called "My Computer Log." You can read about it at www.mycomputerlog.com. (01/12/2006)