A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post, Three ways to prevent identity theft and since, the subject of changing passwords has come up multiple times within my circle. If you don't have a unique password for each website you go to or service you use, it's time. And it doesn't have to be difficult. I don't have to tell you what could happen if you are hacked with the one password you use for everything. And I know many of you have the same password for everything you do. It makes me shudder.
The best way to do it is follow a formula such as below:
unique base + service identifier = password
my dog's name + the year i was born + the first four letters of a website/service name = yogi1977amaz for Amazon.
My base will always be the same, but the website/service name is almost always going to be different. That way, there is a minimal amount for me to remember. I've had to modify it a bit in because sometimes sites now require symbols or a capital letter, but you can figure it out. There are so many combos you can use.
Using the example above, I could make it so that something is always capitalized and there is a symbol in my base so it would be,
Same password, but with a couple "Shifts" in there for good measure. :)
When I first adopted this, I didn't change everything at first, but I did start to notice the number of websites I have logins for and as I came across my old password, I took the extra effort to change the password in my account settings. Once I started, I couldn't stop.
Credits. This post is a reiteration of what is the book, Lifehacker: The Guide Working Smarter, Faster, and Better. In that book, Hack 14 to be specific, they outline a fantastic way to create easy to remember unique passwords as well as why, etc., etc. If you are looking to get ahead in the world with all your bits, I highly recommend subscribing to my mail list and adding lifehacker.com to your Google Reader today! Don't forget, if the content is not useful, you can unsubscribe at anytime. You are in control! We are all aching to make you knowledgeable, efficient, and streamlined using today's awesome technology.
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