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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Works For me Wednesday

I'm a computer geek according to my brother. I do work in the IT field. Thus I have a lot of passwords that have to be changed often. These passwrods also have to meet certain security requirments like being more than 8 characters with at least one capital andone lowercase letter, one number and one special character (@#$%&*). Oh, and to be secure, you are not supposed to write them down.

My trick is to come up with a 2 word phrase that seems to fit the current situation. Like Snow Day. I replace the o with a zero, the a with @ and capitalize the S and the D: Sn0wD@y After I had my Lasik procedure, I set my password to N3wSi&ht (New Sight). This helps me remember it the first couple of day.

Don't tell anyone, but I do try to keep a list of past passwords. It stays burined on my purse in my portable address book. I don't label or title it. I also keep a speradsheet with the usernames and current passwords of the various webistes I have created an account. I keep that on my little USA thumb drive. Works for Me.

Check out Shannon's blog for more great ideas.


Kelley said...

Great ideas... my husband is in IT too, and sometimes he uses words that he can type all with one hand, so he can cover his typing hand with the other hand while he's inputting passwords. Did you know that the word "stewardesses" is the longest word that you can type with your left hand only?

Larae said...

Great idea, I have to keep this one in mind. My boy likes to keep the same exact password for each and every single website and I like to have different ones for every account, so I usually forget. He told me not to write them down either, but I had to ;)

Nettie said...

That is a good idea. I hate having to add numbers because that is the hardest for me to remember. But replacine a's and o's would be easey!