Lokerís Easy Steps for a Nearly Perfect Password...or at least a
STRONG yet EASY one
Choose a phrase that you will definitely remember no matter what.
Take out the vowels. Ex: secretelyarainbowunicorn = scrtlyrnbwncrn
Donít worry, you will learn to type it quick, and you will never forget it.
The longer the better. You might want to practice typing it first to pick a
string of words that is easy to type.
the site you are needing a password for by a two digit code. Db
= dropbox, Eb =
Ebay, Az = Amazon, Ap = Apple, with the first letter being a capital. Get it?
You have to do this because if a site is compromised, no matter how strong
your password is, they can get it, then they can get into your other accounts.
If you want to change this strategy, you could use the first two letters, or
the first and last letters. So, Amazon could be: Az, Am or An, just pick a
strategy and stick with it for all of your accounts.
Put a number either at the beginning, or at the end. A number is required by
many sites. And, if your site requires it to be changed every month, you can
increase the number 1, 2, 3, etc. for each month.
Put a $ - at the end....some sites will not let you use a special
Ex: scrtlyrnbwncrnAp1$ = STRONG password NO bott is going to resolve easily.
Details (if you need more info than the above):
Each year, it seems I am challenged by students questioning the need to do a
good job managing passwords. Well, the fact of the matter is that by the time
you're 18, you are going to have a few accounts. By the time your are 28, that
list of accounts is going to be rather unmanageable. I can only hope that things
are easy in the next 10 years, than they have been in the past 10 years of
companies moving from paper to e-delivery, etc. Please keep in mind that I have
been actively involved with online computer accounts and resources since the
late 80ís, so I have just a little experience in this department. ;-)
For the last 10 years, I have maintained a spreadsheet to track my passwords.
The problem is, I was having to FREQUENTLY log into the spreadsheet to determine
what a password was. Not only was that time consuming, it was difficult to
maintain because of an evolving industry. Companies forcing changes, changing
usernames to email. Or requiring stricter passwords, or routine scheduled
changes. So, unless I was diligent in managing my password spreadsheet, it
wasnít very helpful. I racked my brain trying to develop a sure fire way to
manage a password. I want to use the same password for every site.
If not already, in the near future, you will have online accounts with the
- this is one REALLY critical account. If somebody breaks into your email,
they can pretty much commanderie anything else. Including, but not
limited to, emptying your bank account.
Bank accounts - usually several - I have at least
loans, which are frequently separate from your bank, especially home.
galore: Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, twitter - fortunately, LOTS of sites let you log in
with credentials from another site...but do you really want KFDM knowing where
you visit on Facebook and vice-versa.
- Best Buy, Amazon, Ebay, specific sites of your choice. For
example, I buy at the brick and mortar BestBuy, but also online. IN addition
to a BB account, they have a separate account for their rewards program.
for places like Starbucks to school. Seriously, this one is the worset.
Everybody wants an account: Lowes, Krogers, Sams, etc. They are
willing to let you have free internet, but they want to know who you are, so
you have to
Employee accounts. As a teacher, I have a BISD account...and countless
educator accounts that I have developed over the years, some required by the
district, like Edmodo.
The point is, you need a way keep up with your passwords. The problem is that
many sites have special rules.
Some rules that make using the same password at every site difficult or
6 is usually the
but some require 8. Some have a
or can NOT contain a number
character or can NOT contain a special character.
so it helps to have at least one capital letter.
Why not make every password super complicated? Try connecting to FaceBook with
a complicated password on your phone every other day...it is enough to make
you NOT want to login. Thus, some sites that do not need to be very secure
could be short, but then, it adds to the management issue of questioning what
password you use and where. Using this system will help you create a unique
password. But it needs to be flexible. The 18 character sample above is
probably too long, so you might need to make a short version for low secure
sites. And another one for more secure sites. Although it might discomforting
Just remember, there are many people in many 3rd world countries where people
are paid to sit there and try to break into accounts. Police are unable to do
anything about it because once they track down that the source of the hacking
is outside of the US, there is little that can be done.
Finally, it is never too late to get started...but the sooner the better.
Letís say you have 5 passwords in your entire life right now. It would be a
lot easier changing
Suggestions? I am all ears!!! Let me know and I will update this page...and give
Log your passwords in a Google Drive Sheet but do NOT put your
full password...only hints to your password.
Best Buy CC
new, @@ plus #
- Compound passwords
- interesting tip about length
this is the one where I got the idea to spell a word out itís vowels.