The more accounts we create–may it be for social media, digital platforms, or banking–the likelier we mix up passwords or forget them. Experts advise using different passwords across different platforms for a well-secured account. However, generating unique passwords with special combinations has been a real challenge for many.
Several people write down their passwords and stick them right by their laptops. Others save it in a file on their computer. Both practices are fail-safe as they can easily fall into the wrong hands of people. Here are some tricks to remember your passwords.
Use hints or clues
Listing down passwords has detrimental effects. A way around is to create clues or hints that only you can understand. Hints are a better method of refreshing your memory on passwords. It is also fun and creative if you think about it.
There are multiple ways to disguise a password. You can design cryptographic letters, which only you can translate. A rhyme or an acronym works as well. Sky’s the limit when pondering styles of concealing your passwords. One perk here is by the time someone attempts to access your account, they could reach the maximum number of password attempts, and you will get notifications of the unusual activity.
Use a base password
A base password is having something in common with your passwords. This could be a special character at the end or a capital case letter in the middle. It can even be as simple as adding the platform’s name somewhere between your password. Again, it is all up to you how you would like to structure the base password.
Find an inspiration
Most sites require a password with at least 12 characters. Twelve characters or more could be difficult to remember. Grabbing a line or phrase from your favorite book, movie, or song and interrelating it to the site can serve as your medium to recall passwords. The dates are perfect too. It could be when you first learned to ride a bike or started schooling.
Try a Password Manager
The simplest solution among all methods is using a password manager. Password managers store login credentials in a vault. It encrypts your password that can only be decrypted with a master key. The master key is solely owned by you. All you need to do is safely keep the key.
Another great thing about password managers is their auto-form fills. Once your password manager detects you are logging in to a site, it shows a button to auto-fill your username and password. Some examples of password managers include LastPass, Keeper, and 1Password.
Here are some of the features you can expect from a password manager.
Access your accounts on any device from PC to phone and tablet. Password managers support Windows, Android, iOS, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS devices, and comes with a web browser plugin whether you are using Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge, or Safari.
It uses password encryption, which can be decrypted with a master password that only you can hold onto. Two-factor authentication is also applied for an extra layer of security. With these security practices, your account is less prone to being hacked.
- Ease of use
Password managers allow managing credentials easily. It lets you import passwords either from your browser or from an existing standalone password manager. You can easily switch as well from a desktop app to a web app.
- Account recovery
In case you forget your master password, there is a means to recover it. A code would be sent to your mobile number or through a one-time recovery password.
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