HOW TO: HIDE & REMEMBER PASSWORDS
Keeping your passwords safe and secure whilst still remembering them is no mean feat, especially since writing them down can be a security risk. Instead of keeping your passwords simple and the same for everything, try these methods for coding passwords in your planner, notebook, bullet journal (or wherever), or try my methods for remembering them and worry less!
- Come up with secret alphabet symbols – write a list of your passwords and where they’re for in the symbols and store the cipher away from your passwords until you’ve memorised it, then destroy it.
- Store an important password in a page of random letters and numbers – it should jog your memory once you see it!
- Give each password hints rather than writing them down – choose hints that aren’t common knowledge or researchable and complicate them. For example: ‘my favourite childhood holiday (first 3 letters) + number of times I’ve eaten sushi + the capitalised letters are the initials of my Year 5 teacher’.
- Use a code and cipher – this can be cracked so try and remember the code pattern, e.g. I = Z, P = R, but you can also use acronyms, abbreviations and so on.
- Use your address book – store fake names, addresses and numbers which are actually your passwords, usernames, hints, pins, reference numbers and so on.
- Use your room – usually this helps for memorising during exams, but you could extend the method for passwords. All you need to do is associate different objects in your room to passwords, for example: the window = Windows computer and there’s a smudge on one of the panes, so the password is smudge1 [that’s not my password by the way]. Or: my desk is white and I use it for work, so The White Company and I got it from IKEA 2 years ago so the password is malm2.
- Use memorable sentences – use phrases that you can remember easily (e.g. an apple a day keeps the doctor away) and create a password from it (e.g. aaadktda).
- Use a base password – this is tweaking the ‘using the same password for everything’ but if you choose a base password such as ‘gr33nFing3rs’, adding an extra word for whatever site you’re using, like twitter could be ‘gr33ntwitterFing3rs’ can make things easy to remember.
- Use a book – Pick a book and use the first paragraph for your passwords. You could use a random word, plus whatever number the word is in the paragraph, chapter number, page number or whatever you want!
- Use a secure browser – browsers like Chrome and Firefox have a secure password system which means they’re kept safe and will be entered automatically. Only do this on personal – not shared or public – computers.
Hopefully that helped some of you with ideas about keeping your passwords safe! Remember – don’t leave your password hints near your computer!