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Create a 'password safe' for online passwords
Authored by: barrysharp on Dec 05, '05 10:01:05PM

I don't use any computer-based system for storing passwords. I keep mine in my head.

Here's what I have used.

Formulate a scheme that is based on the first letter of a web site after the www. That letter is then used to seed your password. This first letter is the starting character for your password and is also used to define a digit.

Lets say you have this well memorized character string called "CHAR_STRING".

So let's take www.apple.com as an example. The first letter is A and because this letter is made up of straight lines it defines the digit "1". If it had been a letter "B" then as it has curves in it it defines a digit "2". Every character in the alphabet is either made of just striaght lines or has curves in it - thus it's easy to figure if the first character defines "1" or "2".

Thus for www.apple.com we have a password of a+CHAR_STRING+1 (without the "+" signs of course).

This does mean that some online web sites requiring passwords will be the same. On the other hand the password used is really quite secure, is easy to construct on the fly and can easily be remembered.

I've returned to some web sites that I've not visited for up to two years and have been able to login using this simple pw generator algorithm for remembering my old pw.

Of course you can make the algorithm I give as an example more complex and consequently more secure if you wish. The goal however is to allow yourself to be able to quickly and easily generate the pw on the fly from your mind and not have to rely on any computer-base pw generator. Hopefully you always have your mind with you.

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Regards... Barry Sharp



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Create a 'password safe' for online passwords
Authored by: simplyodd on Dec 06, '05 01:38:14AM

Barry,
was very impressed by your simple yet clever and reliable mental algorithm. Have you or anyone else, any suggestions equally as ingenious for these freekin sites where they force you to keep changing your password. My company is notorious for this on their pc's, and since my colleagues can't possibly remember an ever changing password, I've seen their passwords written on post-its stuck right on their monitor. So much for security. thanks, tom



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Create a 'password safe' for online passwords
Authored by: missinglina on Dec 06, '05 10:04:14AM

barry, you are aptly named, for this is a "barry sharp" idea. one i think i'll use.



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