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Create Unique Passwords For Each Site That You’ll Never Forget, in just 10 Minutes!

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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 1: key pattern:___________________________ (keyboard pattern you’ll establish)

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.

Name Extraction is taking letters(or numbers) from the url. http://www.twitter.com , http://www.directv.com, http://www.netflix.com etc. For this example we’ll use the rule of taking two letters in the following order: Second letter of URL, then Third.

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)

Examples…Pattern 3edr54 becomes:

http://www.twitter.com password: 3wiedr54

http://www.facebook.com password: 3acedr54

http://www.americanexpress.com password: 3meedr54

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.

If you find value in this, please comment below, and also, pass it on, re-tweet it etc. Here is a quick link to it: http://bit.ly/NyK1

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January 3, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Smart! Smart! Smart!

    Great blog post Jim. I needed a system for passwords. I use Roboform quite a bit, to speed things up. Combine your post with Roboform and I am golden!

    Aloha,

    Jason

    Comment by Jason Cain | January 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. Brilliant post. Thank you for the idea. Though i’m quite comfy with keypass, I’m pbly will use your technique. Impressive

    Comment by Web2Mom | January 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. Bon tardi!

    What a great post. Thanks! I really like your technique and how it’s explained.

    Enjoy the weekend!

    *CHEERS*

    Comment by Xavierism | January 25, 2009 | Reply

  4. Really great idea. The method I’ve used for a while is along the same line, but yours is by far more secure and methodical. Thanks for sharing this.

    Comment by busyevent | February 9, 2009 | Reply

  5. Nice!

    By coincidence, I do something similar. I have a set of invented words I use, each one for a different type of site. I add a letter from the site name and a number based on some secret sauce, and viola, passwords I rarely forget.

    Comment by J. Jeffryes | February 9, 2009 | Reply

  6. This is, quite literally, one of the most useful blog posts I’ve ever read! Kudos!

    Comment by Wm. Marc Salsberry | February 17, 2009 | Reply

  7. This is pretty ingenious and I just changed one password based off this. I still remember it. Very cool!

    Comment by Amy | February 17, 2009 | Reply

  8. I saw this about two months ago. I printed it out and then followed it. I have to say like the guy above me, this is ingenious, yet a simple process. I’ve changed 37 passwords so far and nobody will ever figure it out and I can never forget them. Thanks heaps my friend!

    Comment by Jeff Harran | April 2, 2009 | Reply


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