Have you ever been sitting in front of your computer, getting ready to purchase a gift for someone and just as you click on the checkout button you see the dreaded "Create a new account" option staring back at you? To me this means yet another password and user ID that I'll need to somehow remember but keep secure at the same time. To make matters worse, I need to figure out some way to allow my wife access to the account as well, without leaving the password lying around for any and all to pick up and use.
My idea: Create a password list!
Here's my example:
Create a simple word or text document on your computer, choose a name for the document that would normally not be interesting to someone who was searching for a password like, FinalEssayOntheMigrationofBirds.doc or VehicleRepairTips.txt.
Next, fill it in so it looks something like this!
OnlineStore1 User3251 Y78
SuperBank 2729303 8n!
OnlineStore2 HappyMe123 Ii4
Your first row is the purpose or website for the account, if you feel really daring you can even create a link from this name to the website where you use it. The second row is your user account or ID for that website. And the last is a set of numbers, letters, or symbols you would either append to the end of your "known" password or place in front of your "known" password.
A "known" password is a simple word that is easy to remember for you and anyone you share the list with, for example November or Snowstorm might be common shared passwords. You'll never write or type this one anywhere; it should only be known by the people who share it.
For example, let's take the information I entered above, OnlineStore1 User3251 Y78. If I was going to login to OnlineStore1, and I used the account User3251, my password would be NovemberY78.
Hope this helps keep some passwords secure this shopping season!
Jacob Harris is a Vulnerability and Forensics analyst at Westfield Insurance. Sharing Knowledge. Building Trust.