If a website form asks you to register and sign-in with a username and password, slap yourself on the head if you duplicate a password from another website.
Go on, admit it. We’ve all done it once upon a time.
If you recognize such behavior as yours, however, stop it right now.
Stop recycling passwords and stop duplicating passwords.
I have no idea how many sets of usernames and passwords are associated with me across the social web, but the important takeaway is I have a different password for every single site. Name the site, and if I’m there I use a different password. Moreover, I can be anywhere in the world on any public or private computer and without reading a piece of paper or scratching my head I always type in the correct password on the first try.
Create a password memory system with mnemonics.
Every time you visit a new site and are asked to create a password, or if you already have a password on an existing site, type in a preconfigured base of capitalized and lowercase letters, numeric digits, and keyboard symbols (ensure it’s nothing in a dictionary) — along with additional characters specific to the website.
Say what, you ask?
Imagine your preconfigured base is !em0Nade.
That was created by substituting an exclamation point for the letter l, substituting a zero for the letter o, and capitalizing the letter N.
Lemonade becomes !em0Nade
If you need to create a password, write in that base; and add additional letters, numbers, or symbols either before, after, or in the middle. The placement of the additional characters is up to you, but its placement and substitution should be the same for every password on every site.
Here are five examples for five different sites requiring passwords:
Look at those five examples, and see if you can understand how placement and substitution is always the same. Add a comment below if confused.
Whatever you do, do not use that system.
Create your own system and it will never fail you.
I suggest you have a different string for your webmail program, and you have an even tougher string for your online banking.