What’s your email password?
What’s your Amazon account?
What’s your bank password?
What's your computer password?
Nightmare isn’t it. The advice for passwords is that they should be long(ish), contain a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers, symbols, and of course they should all be different!
Well, we have the answer. It will mean all your passwords are different, you don’t need to write any down, and you’ll remember them all. Here’s how it works.
Think of a word, about 6 letters long, ideally an unusual name, such as Mostyn. Change any letters which look like numerals into numbers. So Mostyn becomes M05tyn. This is the first part of your password.
Now choose 2 numbers between 1-5 (since most websites are at least 5 letters long). The numbers you choose correspond to the letters of the website you are logging in to. Let’s choose letter 2 and letter 4. This is the second part of your password.
Your password is made up of first part + second part
Your password is therefore M05tyn + website letter 2 + website letter 4.
Some examples using the above would be:
So, all you need to remember is the keyword and two numbers. You can log into hundreds of websites, all with a different password. If one of your passwords becomes compromised, they won’t know the formula and so your other accounts remain secure. Since your keyword contains uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and the whole password is 8 characters, this will satisfy password security requirements for almost all websites.