What’s my password again?

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Internet security is getting so complex that we have to remember a zillion different passwords…or risk using just one and having it stolen.

It’s not a huge deal if the websites you frequent allow you to click on the “forgot password” link, and then they just email you a new one. But it can get quite annoying, especially if your main computer goes down (and you, therefore, have limited access to your email (and just hope you didn’t forget your email’s password too)).

Recently I had to call my hosting company to get a lost password, but I didn’t remember the email address I’d used to sign up! It was a mess, but I finally got it.

So what’s a frequent computer-user to do?

I just read an article that suggested having a base password that you use most places, and then using some form of the place you’re visiting in the password. For instance, if your base password is your street name, and you’re making a password for your Ebay site, you might use “MainEbay”.

Another site suggests using a computer program (which probably requires another password…aack!) I’ve tried making a list of all my sites, as I go to them, and writing down my usernames and passwords for each. But if I were really paranoid, I would only write clues about the passwords, just in case a password thief breaks into my home.

What do you do to keep track of your 101 passwords (and the associated usernames)? Or do you just throw caution to the wind and use the same one whenever you can?

7 Responses to “What’s my password again?”

  1. GCP Training says:

    I used to write my passwords in my phone. I saved them in a draft sms. When you type several passwords one after the other they make no sense. Just have to figure out how to define (separate) each of the passwords

  2. Eren Mckay says:

    I put them into a table and categorize them by type of website. Like all of my emails go into one table. all the forums go into another table. All of the social bookmarking sites go into another one and so forth. Then just print everything out and keep it in a drawer near your computer for safety purposes. Every time you go into a new site that requires a new password, never sign up without first writing it down. The big problem is if you lose this master list- so back it up somewhere. There’s also keepass (software) which will keep your passwords encrypted and it’s free but I haven’t figured out how to use that yet.
    All the best,
    .-= Eren Mckay´s last blog ..Penguin Lesson Plan Facts =-.

  3. Triphow Ling says:

    Use a base and numbers. Assign each site a number, and you can either remember the number of the site, or write it down. You don’t need to note down the password anywhere in writing, but you’ll know what it is.

  4. Passwords can be a difficult thing.
    Do you have a diffrent password for each site/device, then end up forgetting them all and writing them down or do you use a few passwords and have weaker security?

  5. Actually I’ve eben thinking about this a lot lately. and one thing your post didn’t touch on is the fact that we have two sets of 101 passwords, one for home and one for work. It seems like it’s only going to get worse too. . .

  6. Ashok says:

    OpenID is one useful option for using one user name and one password on many sites while your password is checked only by one site which had issued the OpenID to you.
    .-= Ashok´s last blog ..Use AutoCorrect in Microsoft Word to save typing time =-.

  7. I have this problem all the time. I try to write down all my usernames and passwords, but there is so many is still can be a bit confusing.