Gina Trapani wrote about a great system years ago for creating—and actually REMEMBERING—great, secure passwords. Essentially, she says to create a “base password” that you use everywhere, then add a couple of characters specific to the site you’re using it on.
Go read it now. I’ll wait.
I started using this system a couple of years ago, and it has worked great. There’s one update that I suggested last week to a client.
Instead of a base password, choose a pass-SENTENCE.
A lot of sites now require upper and lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation within their passwords. A simple sentence can fill those requirements and be easy to remember, especially if the topic means something to you. If your brother’s name is John, for instance, you could use something like:
And then tack on a couple of easy-to-remember extra characters for each site: TW for Twitter, AZN for Amazon, etc.
And a bonus for using someone’s age: you’ll have to change it every year on their birthday. Don’t forget to send them a card!
Using this system, you’ll be able to remember dozens, maybe hundreds of passwords. You won’t need a password generator or a password manager. And it won’t cost you a dime.
Got a great tip involving passwords that works well for you? Share it in the comments!