You’re not alone and hacking and “phishing” into your accounts is a real threat to you so you better get your passwords in order. The best passwords contain letters, numbers and punctuation symbols / characters. You should not have the same password for all of your sites either, but I’m sure you already know that. Right? So, how do your remember different, secure passwords for every site you use? You create an algorithm. “A what? I can’t do that!” Oh yes you can! I literally just taught this to a ten year old. Keep reading…even if you failed high school math. This is easy once you get the hang of it. Don’t worry, The Go To Gay Guy to the rescue!
To create safe, secure, unique passwords — for each site you visit — all you have to do is remember “the code” in how you create them. That’s what’s called an algorithm — a step by step method to make something work. I owe this post to my friend and “GoToGeekGirl” Julie Gomoll. Check her site out. She’s a savant when it comes to “content marketing” and if you currently have a blog or website, she is amazing at getting you national recognition. JulesSays.com
Here’s an example of how you could do it:
1. Decide what letters you’re going to use from the name of the website you’re on – you have to do this. Such as, if you’re using “Gmail.com”, pick two or three or even four letters from the website’s name. Let’s say you are going to use the code of using the first two letters of the website’s name and the last letter. So, for Gmail,that would be the: “G,m and l (note I always keep the first letter as a capital to add even more security.)
2. The next thing you need to do, is pick 4 – 7 numbers that you can remember. You could use your phone number, zip code or any number of digits you can remember and that come easy to you. Let’s say you pick four numbers: 1234 (don’t pick something that easy!) In your code, you could put the first two numbers at the beginning before your first two letters and the last two numbers before the last letter(s) you picked. Here’s how that would look if we used Gmail: 12Gm34l Get it? I put two of my “always numbers” before the first two letters of “Gmail” and the other two of my “always numbers”after those letters, followed by the last letter of “Gmail”, the “l”. 12Gm34l Can you see it? It’s making sense, right?
3. To add even more uniqueness to it, you could start and end your password with a special character (or put them anywhere you want, just so you remember where you always put them.) You could use anything on your keyboard. ?, !, $, %… So, here’s how your new Gmail password might look: !!12Go34e!! —Your Yahoo password could be: !!12Ya34o!! —Citibank: !!12Ci34k!! —Your Hotmail password would be: !!12Ho34l!! Facebook: !!12Fa34k!! Get it? You’ll never get anything less than VERY STRONG when the site is telling you how secure your password is, if you use letters, numbers and characters.
It takes some practice to use your code, but once you start using it, you’ll never go back to remembering passwords. It’s going to feel odd to you that you really won’t actually know any of your passwords off the top of your head, you’ll just know the “code” to get into your sites. You’ll probably make mistakes when the site requires you to re-type your password, be careful when you type, you’ll get the hang of it after just a few sign-ins. Stick with it. Your code is your code, make it unique and change it from what I’ve used as an example here! Devise a code with rules you can remember and if you have to change your password often, devise a code for what you will do when that occurs. I’d suggest that you take out a pencil and write down how you’re going to devise your own code. Letters here, number there, characters here. You can use any order or characters, but always use some of the letters from the site you’re on to make it unique. Let me know how this works for you or if you’ve got any questions. Pass it on to your friends… If you’d like to make a comment on this, please make the comments on this site, rather than Facebook. Thanks, Dean