Passwords. They can be one of the most frustrating things on the Internet. Every site, it seems, requires one to make a purchase or access services or information. You return to a site six months after your first visit and can’t remember your log in. So you go through an aggravating process of giving them your email, answering security questions , retrieving an email with a method of resetting the password, etc. We’ve all done it and simply groan and bear it or give up and cruise on elsewhere.
There are potential solutions, but they all have drawbacks. You can let your browser remember your passwords for you. This is dangerous. Anyone who gets access to your computer and knows your email address could go on a spending spree, access your financials, mutilate your social networking pages, etc.
Alternatively you could keep your passwords in a notebook in your desk. Of course every time you create a new password you have to drag out the notebook, note the website and mark down the password. Need to log onto a website? You have to drag out the notebook and look it up. and what if you are on a computer away from home?
One can be really lazy and use the same password for every website. This has obvious dangers. Once someone figures out your password they can go on a merry romp through all your accounts.
There is a better way. The personal algorithm.It works like this. First pick a word that has meaning for you. This can be your model of car, street name, grandfather’s first name, etc. This is the base of your algorithm. Next add to it the name of the website. Some websites can have a rather long name so you can limit yourself to the first six letters. Lastly you count the number of letters in the first two components of your algorithm to arrive at a numeric component to your password. You simply put them together and you have a password you need never remember. Every time you return to a website all you need to do is apply the algorithm. It takes just a second to do.
This is a fast and easy method to both generate and remember all your passwords and they will be complex enough that it will be difficult for anyone to crack.