Create Great Passwords By the Book

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Do you have one password for all your devices? Do you have 100 passwords and sometimes forget them? Do you have trouble remembering passwords? Do you write your passwords on notecards or post-it notes?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should read this post. If not, read it anyway, as it may offer something that may change your life.

A lot of people ask, “Andy, how should I pick a password?” or “How do I make my password secure?” Well, I’m here to share a secret of creating a good password, which is very simple to implement and easy to manage. You may never have to think of another password again…

 

Material Needed

A book. That’s right all you need is a book. So go a head and pick a book you want to use and I will go over the details later in this post.

You can have the ease of remembering one password and, at the same time have different passwords for different websites. You’ll always have a different password, and maintain a list of passwords without anybody else deciphering them all in one go!

 

Solve All These Problems

We can solve each problem with just one object – a book. Alright, you should of had enough time to pick out your favorite book. Now, close your eyes pick a random page and place your index finger somewhere on the page. Now open your eyes. Did you land on some word? If not, try to close your eyes again and repeat the previous steps.

If you did land on a word, look at the page number and write it down. Look at which paragraph it’s located in and write it down. Look at the sentence number, and write it down (optional). Look at the word number and write that down. You should have 3 or 4 numbers. Let’s say in my case I used the 3 number option:

  • I landed on page 55
  • The paragraph number is 3
  • The word number is 2

All I have to do is remember 55, 3, 2 and I have passwords set for life.

But, let’s say you can’t remember such numbers. Let’s use your birthday (that’s right, the password will be safe even with your birthday). Say you were born on October 21. You can remember 10, 21. 10 will be the page number, 2 will be your paragraph, and 1 will be the word number in that paragraph. So at most, you will only need to remember 6 numbers, and with that set you can have all passwords.

Now use the next 3-4 words as password (with no space). If paragraph ends, repeat the last word however many times. For example: “and then there was none” and you wanted to start with “was.” You just generated a string that no one will think of.

To further increase the security, you can replace a word by a symbol. For example replace o, with a number 0 and s with dollar sign. Just make sure to remember that you make that change. There are other ways to further shuffle the password, but the rest is just icing on the cake. You should already have a very random and secure password.

 

Changing the Password

It’s simple! You don’t have to change the numbers you picked. Just pick up another book, go to the page, the paragraph, and the word number and use that word as password.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, create passwords using books. It’s safer, easy to change and password recovery is easy. Please post your comments and questions below!

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31 Comments
  1. Nice article. A good way of mixing up the passwords.

  2. This article, although it uses mnemonics at its best, it still relies on memory of difficult passwords. Unless you want to carry a book around with you. It breaks several rules of the password formation game in that it uses (1) common words, (2) maintaining a list of passwords. this method does not use the special characters procedure which is aloud on most websites. I must admit that I too use common words, multiple sites with the same password. But, I do so in order to make them easy to remember, and difficult to break or unencrypt. My current password is in excess of 10 characters long which means that in order to unencrypt the password it would take in excess of 7.2 trillion attempts and a life time of computer usage. My referennnce for this statement is found at the following site, http://www.lockdown.co.uk/?pg=combi&s=articles.

    • I forgot to mention, the article is very nice in its attempt to increase password security and make it easier for people to remember.

  3. nice article Keep it up

  4. 3 AND ‘mean comment’ 😛 great article!

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