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Super Password Tip:

How to have a unique password for every site you use, without having to memorize a bunch of passwords

 

Here's one my very best tips, never before published anywhere.

Many people use the same password for all their online accounts. That's convenient, but it's insecure. If you always use the same password then a rogue employee at any website you have an account with could have access to all your accounts. It's safer to have a unique password at every site you have an account with, but then you'd have to keep a big list of passwords somewhere and look up your password every time you need to log on somewhere. That's pretty inconvenient.

So here's my solution: Use passwords based on the initials of the website you're logging in to, plus some other characters. Now you've got a unique password for every site you log into, and you'll know it without having to look it up.

For example, let's make our password the initials of the website you're logging into plus the characters "637uuu". For your Yahoo Mail account, your password would be ym637uuu, and for your PayPal account it would be pp637uuu.

That's already very secure, but you can go one step further. You can split up the initials, putting them on opposite ends of the password: Initial #1 + 637uuu + Initial #2. So with that method we'd have y637uuum or p637uuup.

For extreme security you can go even further, by using "637uuu" in certain circumstances and "429elf" in others. Or you could shift the initials of the website in question forward by one letter, so that "ym" would become "zn", and "pp" would become "qq".

The possibilities for methods and variations are endless. But whatever you choose, you've got a unique password for every website you log onto, and it's a password you know without having to look it up. Neat!

 

Last Update: February 2006

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