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Remembering Passwords

Remembering Passwords

Scott James

These days, we all have a dozen or so passwords to remember. Here are a few quick and easy tips to help you remember your strong and complex passwords.

Method 1

Scrambled Letters, credit

If you have ever had a typing course, this method may work for you. If you don’t know what a Home Row is or if you type with your index fingers, you may want to skip to Method 2.

Starting with your fingers on home Row, shift all of your fingers one key to the right. Now instead of having your fingers on Home Row (asdf jkl;), you will have your fingers on (sdfg kl;’).  Now type a simple word in, and see how scrambled it gets.


Flower becomes G;pert
Hiking becomes Jolomh
April becomes S[to;

Now just add some numbers, and your password will be strong and easy to remember.

Method 2

Sing a little song, credit Sylvia LeTourneau

At a TAG meeting, Sylvia shared with the group a creative way to remember passwords. The key is to think of a phrase or song lyric, pick the first letter from each word in the lyric, and then strengthen it with capitals and numbers for letter substitutions (example o would be replaced with a zero).

For example:

The lyric is: "You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one."

Password: yMs1adb1nt00

Method 3

Master Password, credit

Having one password for multiple accounts will not always work and is not secure. Remembering multiple unique passwords is easy, though, with this simple tip. 

Create a master password: Santiago

Strengthen that password: sAntiag0 (with a zero instead of an o)

Now for each site you have a password add the name of the site at the end of your master password.

For example:


Method 4

Use method 1 and method 3 together.


(This was sAntiag0-Gmail, but I combined this example of method 3 with method 1, Home Row move)

N0w that! 1s a str0nG paSSw0rd

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