How To Remember Passwords?

Passwords !!!

One of the common issue which we all often come across is remembering passwords.

We often change our passwords every now and then but the difficult task is how to remember your new password. Always setting up a tough password is quite an easy job. however, the challenge is in how are we going to recollect them?

Usage of Passwords

A study of web users by Microsoft Research found that the average user has 6.5 web passwords, 25 accounts that require passwords, and types an average of 8 passwords per day. That’s a lot of alphanumeric and special characters to remember. Fortunately, you can rely on another part of your brain to recall all those pesky passwords.

One memory method involves creating a unique visual story or scene to remember passwords. First, select words that rhyme with numbers (fun for one, blue for two, free for three, etc.). Then create a visual image to associate with those numbers.

For example: if your bank PIN is 1234 (and please change your bank PIN immediately if it is 1234, as that combination accounts for 10.7 percent of all PINs), then you could visualize a bun (for one) on top of a shoe (two) sitting in a tree (three) with a door (four) in its trunk. The same approach can be used for letters by assigning them an image: A is apple, B is bowl, C is crayon, and so on.

This may sound like a daunting task at first, but it becomes easier over time. Don’t believe us? Think back to the mnemonic device you might have learned to remember the order of the planets orbiting our sun before Pluto got demoted, “My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas” (or any of the dozens of variants). That probably sounded silly the first time you heard it, but for millions of people, the strange sentence stuck.

“Most cyber-attacks today can be drawn back to poor password management. That’s the key. Pick strong passwords, replace passwords as often as you’re told to, don’t re-use passwords between important applications… That solves a lot of the problem right there,” Vanatta explained. “The media will talk about these hackers who are writing all this malicious code, and they’re going to steal all your information… but a lot of times, how these attacks start is just poor passwords.”

There are other ways to make life easier. You can use a plethora of password managers to keep a library of your passwords under one hard-to-crack master password. And you’re allowed to write down your passwords, but at least modify what you write down to give it a disguise. Maybe just write down a password hint, like something that rhymes with your password. No matter what you write down, at least keep it away from your computer, and if possible, don’t mention what the password unlocks.

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