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Another password algorithm
Authored by: QuestnbleSwami on Sep 23, '04 04:18:24PM

Another way to generate a pool of secure passwords that are (relatively) easy to remember is to do the following:

1. Come up with a grouping of things that is easy to memorize (e.g., odd animals):

giraffe
platypus

2. Find a series of numbers that is easy to remember (e.g., your phone extension at work). Split the number and wrap it around a word from step 1; you can reverse the number as well:

44giraffe31
31platypus44

3. Convert certain characters to non-alphanumeric characters (e.g., i to !, a to @):

44g!r@ffe31
31pl@typ#s44

You can vary steps 2 and 3 to generate a pool of unique passwords, which is handy when you have to generate and remember passwords for email, message boards, computer accounts, etc. As long as you can remember the group, the number, and which characters you switch to non-alpha, you can always retrieve the password (though it sometimes takes a couple tries).



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Another password algorithm
Authored by: googoo on Sep 24, '04 02:08:49PM

You can also convert the numbers to characters and the characters to numbers by pressing/releasing the shift key. The examples above become

$$g1r2ffe#!
#!pl2typ3s$$

Have fun!

-Mark



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