A simple way to create good passwords (and remember them)

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A simple way to create good passwords (and remember them)

Unread postby Mock Turtle » Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:12 pm

From another forum:
a dad wrote:Instead of just creating a new password, I suggest creating a new way to create passwords.
One way that I find simple is to use the first letter of each word in a line of dialog from a favorite movie, a song lyric or poem, or a quotation that you always remember.

If the website's policy allows the use of punctuation and digits in passwords, then I substitute vowels with characters that look similar to them. For example:

  • A = ^
  • E = 3
  • I = 1
  • O = 0 (zero)
  • U = )

So for example, the final line of dialog from 2001: A Space Odyssey: "it's origin and purpose, still a total mystery" becomes:

    10^ps^tm

If the policy doesn't allow use of such characters, then obviously:

    ioapsatm

You'll usually want at least eight words, as most password policies enforce that rule.
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Re: A simple way to create good passwords (and remember them

Unread postby Outis » Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:14 pm

The best way to do is to use the Reset Password feature. Generate a lengthy random password that is totally meaningless, and have it resend a log in link to your email every time.

Takes an extra minute or two to log in, but certainly much safer than any devised system.
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Re: A simple way to create good passwords (and remember them

Unread postby Mock Turtle » Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:21 pm

I like how your idea removes meaning, but personally I think it's a PITA to log in, click Reset Password, open an email to get the PW, and click the link to get back to the site. And some sites then prompt you to enter a new password after that before continuing. I don't think I'm that paranoid now but I sure was last week while I was living on my friend's sofa.
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Re: A simple way to create good passwords (and remember them

Unread postby Outis » Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:30 pm

Hey, I'm not the one starting threads about security. :mrgreen:
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Re: A simple way to create good passwords (and remember them

Unread postby grandetaco » Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:32 pm

u could draw stick pic on keyboard and that will be your pass.
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Re: A simple way to create good passwords (and remember them

Unread postby Mock Turtle » Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:34 pm

That might be good too if the policy allows punctuation.
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Re: A simple way to create good passwords (and remember them

Unread postby Mock Turtle » Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:35 pm

Outis wrote:Hey, I'm not the one starting threads about security. :mrgreen:
I'm starting to wonder if you are sleeping on my buddy's sofa now that he's kicked me out. :mrgreen:
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Re: A simple way to create good passwords (and remember them

Unread postby Fatheroffour » Wed Jan 13, 2016 2:00 pm

I just use Password101 for everything and haven't had any problems yet.
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Re: A simple way to create good passwords (and remember them

Unread postby gamingdad » Wed Jan 13, 2016 3:43 pm

If there is an option, enable two step verification. Comes in handy when being accessed from an unknown computer v
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Re: A simple way to create good passwords (and remember them

Unread postby Mock Turtle » Wed Jan 13, 2016 4:20 pm

While we're on the subject of security, we've seen problems arise when STBX knows the answers to your security challenges, such as "What is your mother's maiden name?" or "What high school did you attend?", to gain access to your accounts. A simple and more secure way to set up the answers to these is to use one or more of the words in the question as the answer. Perhaps you decide to use the last word of the question:

    Q: "What is your mother's maiden name?"
    A: name

    Q: "What high school did you attend?"
    A: attend

Of course, you could use any combination of words. As long as you're consistent and don't reveal your word choice algorithm, she won't know how to answer your challenge questions. You could even spell them backward. Or just always use "backward" as the answer for all challenge questions, etc. You could even spell "backward" backward though there may be some "drawback" to that.
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