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Four password lockers that can help you keep your Web logins secure

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.101.237.55] on October 21, 2008 02:46 PM
The approach I have for passwords is to have a "master" password that I memorize and to which I add a few website-specific letters or characters for individual websites. I'm able to remember passwords for about 30 sites with this system at the moment (and I imagine I'd do fine with more). Here's how it works:

pick a good, random-looking master password (and think about type-ability)
qywue1) for example
somewhere within the master password, embed site-specific character(s)
qgywue1) for gmail
qyywue1) for yahoo
if you really want to obscure the password, use hard-to-spot site-specific characters. Instead of using the first letter of the site, use the second. Or use the second and add three. With the example master password above, gmail becomes "m" plus three or "p", for a finished password of qpyque1) .

Sometimes you'll have two sites with conflicting password requirements, but in my experience, a random-looking, 8-character password with a number and a symbol in it works for most sites.

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