I’m one of those “bad” people who has trouble remembering my passwords for all of the different websites and groups I belong to. By having only a few passwords, which are easier to remember, I am also compromising the personal data stored on these different sites. I have heard this lecture numerous times from my computer-techie husband…but truthfully, the idea of having to remember dozens of different passwords just stresses me out!
And then I found this book, Upgrade Your Life by Gina Trapani. She presented this great idea where a person chooses a base password and then adds part of the site name to create a unique password.
Let me give you a basic example…
You pick a base password like BEAR5 (maybe bears are your favorite animal and 5 is your favorite number). Then you sign up for a Google account…your unique password for Google would then be BEAR5GOO. Then you sign up for a Yahoo! account and that unique password is BEAR5YAH.
This way, you only have to remember BEAR5…but each different site that requires a password would have a unique password.
With a system like this, you wouldn’t need to write down your passwords, and yet your accounts would be more secure. Just keep in mind, don’t use your most public information for your passwords (name, birthdate, names of your spouse and children, etc.). But there are still plenty of other base passwords that are special to you but aren’t really known to the wider world.
This idea has really intrigued me and I’m going to do it…change all of my passwords. Then I’m going to take down all of the sticky notes containing sensitive information that I have hidden around the house. My hubby will be so proud!
I’ll report back on how it goes…