The only thing more important than a good password is a unique password for every online account you have. Over the years, I feel I have developed a pretty good system of coding passwords so they are unique to every site you visit and are secure, and most importantly, you’ll never forget them. Now, we create a unique password for each that only you can remember, but will not be obvious to anyone else should they find one of your passwords. Get out a pad and pen. On your pad, you will dedicate yourself to three decisions. Write these out and we’ll fill in the decisions afterward. Be patient, and when you’re done with this, you’ll be amazed how easy it is.
Decision 2: name extraction pattern:_________________________(web-site letters we pull out, explained below)
Decision 3: rule to integrate name extraction into key pattern:________________________(How we mix it in)
Key Pattern: Chose a letter and numeric combination of at least 6 digits that you know you’ll never forget. Mixing numbers and letters are much better than either alone. Try to avoid child or pet names for obvious reasons. Using a keyboard pattern on the keyboard is helpful and much easier to remember.
Here are some examples. Look at the patterns of these to get some ideas: 3edr54 – 5rtyu76 – 0okmnji9 – 4rfvgy7.
Look at how each of those flow on the keyboard. There are millions of combinations, so once you design one you like, keep it, write it down for the moment. Lets say you made 3edr54 your key Pattern, and now you want to integrate it into your websites. Lets move to the next step.
If we used that rule, the extracted letters for the word netflix, the letters extracted would be et. Twitter = wi, http://www.dishnetwork.com = is
Rule To Integrate: The final step is how you want to integrate those extracted letters into your key pattern to create the password for THAT site
For this example, we’ll insert the extracted letters right after the first character of the key pattern.
Here is what we have on our pad so far:
Decision 1: Key pattern: 3edr54
Decision 2: Name extraction pattern: Second letter of URL and Third. Twitter’s second and third is ‘wi‘
Decision 3: Rule to integrate name extraction into key pattern: after first character in key pattern.
So we take our Key pattern and open it up after the first character as we said: 3edr54 becomes ‘3’ (insert Twitters 2nd and 3rd which is ‘wi‘ then the rest of the pattern ‘edr54’. The example below shows a Twitter, Facebook and Amex)
Each are unique, each has the one pattern to remember and one basic rule for a completely unique password for hundreds of sites.Choose a pattern of combination that you wont forget. Choose a rule in how to extract and you will have your own encoding/decoding process that will help you be safe online. If you have a long password for a site that limits you, just run till the end: 3meedr54 might be 3meedr if you have an 6 character limit. Nothing else to remember, you just run out of password room.
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