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How do you remember all the passwords and user IDs you use in your daily life?

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I can't. It's super annoying.

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My Mac remembers the less important ones for me, leaving me free to forget the big ones.

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Scraps of paper pinned up all over. Some taped.

Think "A Beautiful Mind".

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I remember just a few. Got a printed list of about 70 PWs in a desk drawer at home which I update once a year. I don't bother to place the list in one of the fire proof safes in the house. The codes for the safes, BTW, are stored somewhere else - can't remember where right now. See what I mean?

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I use a password software service for $50 a year. I also keep a back-up in a hand-written notebook. Still things get forgotten or confused.

But it's better than using the same password for everything. One hack anywhere and all your accounts are exposed.

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I just use the same one for everything: japantoday

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My (several different) passwords are kept either on a Note-Pad or in a Word Document which has the title of : "Reply to so-and-so"... (for example).

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I have six standard combinations with different email addresses and secure P/Ws plus an encrypted password protected master file for occasional use sites. So when I post on here I have to look up the secure 8 digit with special character P/W in my master file which lives on a cloud drive.

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Being old, I can still remember lots of telephone numbers that are now out of service but which make great passwords

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This is what I posted above:

"To be more specific, every site has something that sets it apart from other sites, so I use two words that apply to the site, then I reverse them.'

You don't see that post?

Hey, I don't take anything here personal, so maybe you don't have to think that you have "embarrased" me. People can have different voews from different expeiences and lives. Our experiences appear to be very different, but you're allowed to have a sense of humor. And that is why I posted because this place and many people here could lighten up and not be so aggressive and angry and serious about everything.

Anyway, these posts are deifinitely going to disappear soon. Oh, and you don't have to rush vote bad on every post I make. It doesn't really bother me, so it's a waste of energy. And the more bad votes usually means someone is right on point!

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It's so insane. I don't. I remember the often used ones. I don't try with the rarely used ones (I click 'forgot your password' every time). I keep track of the few super important ones that my coworkers would not be able to recover (in crypted written memos). For the absurd ones we never needed (like on the copy machine, light on/off board...), they are vivid colored stickers just where you need them.

I have two passwords for everything

You don't do much online and you live in a low tech environment. It's not a reproach, if I could, I'd do that too... But I need a code to enter my house,one for office building, etc, and about 100 passwords (and change them up to 4 times a year) just for work related tasks . It's part of my job, but still.... Bank, insurances, administrations, online shops/databases etc, all demand a different format. Often, you can't choose. I am even unable to use certain public services from any of the company computers : there are special linguistic characters in the password (and I'm not allowed to add them by our system administrators).

But if a hacker gets access to the server

Spying is overrated, they electrochocked the Rosenbergs for nothing. I can give you access to my company's server. In 100 yrs, you'll never guess what to make of that, even navigating through it is a labyrinth. Our product information and prices are nothing secret. We have keep the curtain closed to avoid revealing the world how messy we are...

I have two copies of the file, one in my computer and another one on my phone.

Hillary Clinton, is that you posting on JT ?

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Use the same one for everything "opensesame".

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one word: Dashlane

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I have two passwords for everything. One personal related and one work related.

@gokai, etc.

If your private/professional computer use requires passwords on many sites and portals, it is impossible to use one or two passwords for everything.

For one, some portals that I have to use require that I change my password every so often. That's a big pain because I sometimes type in a no longer valid password, only to have to dig through my records to find the most current one.

Also, different portals/sites have different requirements. Some require special characters, some disallow them; some require a mix of capital/lowercase, others single case only; some require over a certain number of characters in length, others a limited number; and the list goes on.

I have many dozens of passwords that I use no less than several times a year. I make note of all of my passwords as soon as they are created or updated. The notes are "encrypted" to make it more difficult for a potential hacker to use them if found.

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write it down in a real notepad

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Actually I was not joking about my memory, used to remembering long strings of computer code in hexadecimal from memory dumps for debugging. I can also do calculations I. In my head in hex, Dec and octal.

So I enter the hexadecimal representation of my password.

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I have 4 that I remember for the important stuff, for the rest i just use 'reset password', this has the added benefit of keeping things in rotation, lol.

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Scraps of paper pinned up all over. Some taped.

I laughed, because that's pretty much my office at work described to a T. Never passwords though, I don't write them down anywhere.

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I use my late uncle's birthdate, including the year.

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I usually use a few words reversed . . .

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To be more specific, every site has something that sets it apart from other sites, so I use two words that apply to the site, then I reverse them.

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To be more specific, every site has something that sets it apart from other sites, so I use two words that apply to the site, then I reverse them.

That's potentially more dangerous - if hackers see your pattern, they can potentially use that to get into every other site you use, even with a different password.

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Now go up five posts and think about it. You'll see these posts disappear soon so enjoy them!

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Sayonara

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I use keepass, open source password manager. I have two copies of the file, one in my computer and another one on my phone. No cloud storage, I don't trust anyone with the info to my bank account, credit card, investment account, etc. Why would you pay for something so simple anyway ?

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That's potentially more dangerous - if hackers see your pattern, they can potentially use that to get into every other site you use, even with a different password. -- Strangeland

You think hackers are obsessing about me and guessing what sites I visit and every name I use at each of those site? And the method I use to decide the password is completely unknown to anyone.

LOL. My method is actually one fo the safest methods! LOL

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You think hackers are obsessing about me and guessing what sites I visit and every name I use at each of those site?

Not you specifically. But hackers get access to a database, and analyze the data, seeing if they can use it on other sites. If they see a pattern, they will try it on other sites.

the method I use to decide the password is completely unknown to anyone.

If it's something like choosing 'idiot mod' due to not liking the moderation, then fair enough, it's not likely they would be able to guess your pattern (though why you'd need to spell it backwards in that case is beyond me).

But if it's a pattern such as using 'yadotnapaj', it would be a pretty easy pattern to break. Which is why I said:

That's potentially more dangerous - if hackers see your pattern, they can potentially use that to get into every other site you use, even with a different password.

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No, that's not what hackers do. LOL

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Not being a hacker myself I can't say for sure, but I have a white-hat hacker on staff (our security guy), and it's exactly what he told me.

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Old dense KY me doesn't see your point.

Probably because you haven't actually made one, and are just bitter that I've made you look stupid so many times, that you decided to attack me without realizing that you never made your point.

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"To be more specific, every site has something that sets it apart from other sites, so I use two words that apply to the site, then I reverse them.'

You realize that still doesn't make your point, right?

Actually I guess you don't realize that, or you wouldn't have posted it.

And I never vote on posts with people I'm debating with. Only on posts I can't be bothered to actually comment on.

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I have two passwords for everything. One personal related and one work related.

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Good Memory and I update mine often using various languages I know.

But if a hacker gets access to the server better hope that their files are encrypted. On my devices i got multiple security layers and each appli is also secured before you can access it and you are only given 3 tries before your pic is send to another device.

Repeated attempts will result in a factory reset.

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I just use PASSWORD for everything. If a number is required, I just use 1PASSWOR. It is super easy to remember and I can use it for every site.

And let's go back and challenge some assumptions here. Who in their right mind believes that keeping anything of value on a phone or a "cloud" is a smart thing to do? I think you have to be younger than about, say 40, and pretty naive, to just rely on trust from any site or service.

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Dashlane and a very sharp memory.

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