The Internet is a wonderful thing in terms of providing tons of information right on to your desktop. However, quite a number of online resources require you to register in order to access the information there.
I noticed that more than 70% of the web sites I frequent daily require authentication via username and password combination. Juggling these data could be intimidating; and sometimes, people resort to unrecommended password selection methods. Some of the more popular ones include:
- Using the username as the password as well
- Using really simple passwords such as 12345, abcde or password
- Using the same password for every web site that you’re registered with
Ideally, a password should meet the following criteria to be considered ‘safe’:
- Contains upper and lowercase alphabets, numbers and symbols
- At least 8 characters long
- Shouldn’t be a proper English word
- Can be easily remembered
Personally, I don’t use the same passwords for every site I’m registered on. I do have a standard password that I use for sites that I’m not sure I’ll be needing for the long term, but as soon as it becomes essential, then I change that password accordingly.
The method I use to select a password is simple:
- Have a base password
- Append a variable password onto the base password
Let’s say my base password is uNh4pP[y], and i have a user account at example.com, then my password there would be uNh4pP[y]-exp (base password plus short name for the web site). Simple but effective.
Using this method, I avoid needing to remember multiple significantly different passwords. Additionally, I won’t need a third party tool to store my passwords. In addition to that, I can also make educated guesses for the passwords I’ve forgotten.
Worse comes to worse, most decent web sites have a Reset My Password feature 🙂
How do you choose your passwords? Do you have your own password generating system?
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