- Use the same password everywhere
- Use a different password for each site and write it down or store it somewhere
- Use a program like quepasa to generate passwords when needed
Firstly I have a secret; the secret is a short phrase that I will easily remember. Let's suppose my secret is the phrase "Before I kill you Mr Bond" and I'm about to visit Amazon.com and need to log in (and my browser has forgotten my password). First I write down the name of the web site and my phrase like this:
Before I kill you Mr BondThen I calculate a number based on the number of words in my phrase and whether the letter in the site name is a vowel of a consonant. The first number is multiplied by three and every time we hit a vowel in the site name the multiplier is incremeted by one. The number is the number of letters in the corresponding word in my phrase times the multiplier. For example,
a m a z o n
Before I kill you Mr BondSo my number is 15/3/16/12/10/20. Now take that number and use it to read off characters 15, 3, 16, ... of the phrase (with the spaces replaced by special characters on the keys 1 through 9 (for the first space use !, second space @ etc.).
a m a z o n
5 1 4 3 2 4 (from phrase)
3 3 4 4 5 5 (multiplier)
15 3 16 12 10 20
So my Amazon password would start with oouli% for good measure I then append the first 4 numbers from the calculation above to get the password oouli%1531.
0 1 2
For Yahoo! the calculation goes like this:
Before I kill you Mr BondWhich yields a Yahoo! password of oruol1541.
y a h o o
5 1 4 3 2
3 4 4 5 6
15 4 16 15 12