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Here is why I never have to write down a password anymore and I never use the same one! It works like a charm. It is impossible to forget my passwords and they are really, really safe.
Step 1: Find a word combination you love and you can't forget anymore because you love it so much, say: 'vanilla ice cream'.
Step 2: Make it safer: 'V@n1ll@1c3cr3@m'.
You simply capitalize the first letter and replace the 'a' with '@', the 'e' with '3' and the 'i' with '1'.
This is pretty darn safe already. Two replacements will do too. Or capitalize any other or more letters.
This is your master password. NEVER tell anyone!
Never use it without step 3!
Once it gets cracked, the angry bots might crack all your other accounts that use that password too in a matter of yocto seconds.
That's why you need specific passwords for each service you use. And this is where the next and final step comes in:
Step 3: By default, add a first or second PLUS a last or second last or third last digit (_) with the beginning and end letter of the service you use the password for.
Let's say I decide to add a first and second last digit.
So, when I use my master password '_V@n1ll@1c3cr3@_m' for Facebook I add an 'f' in first position and a 'k' in second last.
My Facebook password would be: 'fV@n1ll@1c3cr3@km'.
Applying the exact same rule to other services:
My Google password would be 'gV@n1ll@1c3cr3@em'.
My Twitter password would be 'tV@n1ll@1c3cr3@rm'.
Basically: you always use the same, safe master password but you add one or two or three letters from any position out of your service name to make the password individual to any service.
It's super safe because:
Your passwords are long and look bonkers, don't make sense in any dictionary, are unique for any service you use them for and they’re written down nowhere but in your brain.
This is how you will never forget passwords anymore - you're welcome.
Unfortunately the IT gods are morons. So, some companies expose nonsense rules on you like 'only 6 digits, no special symbols', etc.
Someone should put those idiots in jail.
It is changing, albeit slowly. As long as those idiots haven't gotten their security act together yet, you'll need short, less safe versions to cover those services.
And yes, you might have to write them down. Until those exceptions vanish.
And don't forget to send their webmaster a hint that they're living in the post Commodore era.
+++ Deutsch +++
Ich benutze hunderte einmalige Passwörter und muss mir kein einziges davon merken oder aufschreiben.
Durch ein einziges starkes, durch ein paar Symbole verfremdetes Stammpasswort und - pro Dienst den ich benutze - variabel veränderte Stellen, ist jedes Passwort nur durch mich erkennbar und kinderleicht zu merken, da ich die variabel ersetzten Stellen vom Namen des Dienstes ableite, den ich gerade benutzen möchte.
Das Passwort existiert also nur in meinem Kopf
Beispiele für sichere, individuelle Passwörter:
Stammwort: LeichtmerkbaresWort (wählen Sie Ihr eigenes, zusammengesetztes Stammwort mit mehr als 15 Buchstaben, das sie nie vergessen werden).
Verfremdetes Stammwort: LeichtMerkb@resW0rt
Variablen im verfremdeten Stammwort: L_eichtMerkb@resW0rt_
Die Variablen (“_”) befinden sich immer an der gleichen Stelle. Sie können diese beliebig setzen oder mehr als zwei benutzen, ganz nach Belieben.
Um jedes Passwort individuell zu machen, setzen Sie für Ihre gewählten Variablen an 2. Stelle im Passwort und an der letzten Stelle des Passworts jeweils den Anfangsbuchstaben des Dienstes oder der Website und den Endbuchstaben des Dienstes.
Auch hier können Sie selbst kreativ werden und Ihr eigenes Konzept einbringen. Das Geheimnis ist, das gleiche Konzept überall anzuwenden.
Mein Beispiel Passwort für Amazon:
amazon-Variablen im verfremdeten Stammwort:
Beispiel Passwort für Google:
google-Variablen im verfremdeten Stammwort:
Beispiel Passwort für Deutschlandfunk:
deutschlandfunk-Variablen im verfremdeten Stammwort:
Nur ich kenne das Stammwort.
Nur ich kenne die Verfremdung.
Nur ich kenne die Variablen (Welche Buchstaben aus dem Namen des Dienstes / Position im Stammwort / Gross-Kleinschreibung).
Seit Jahren merke ich mir kein einziges Passwort mehr und bin supersicher unterwegs.
Why Facebook pissed me off
As deleting my Facebook account was not entirely possible (in fact it popped back up when trying and it kept re-appearing) I deleted all content manually step by step and cut all links from my sites, blogs and forums to that company and my profile because: Facebook sucks!
So, I suck back, here it goes:
Let's assume someone offers you a little spot in some city park so you can gather with friends and family, or you can go about some activities and hobbies and even share what ever you decide to share with anyone you want to share it with.
So far so good. The place is free so: no complaints, right?
Well, as it happens that very "friend" who so gracefully gave away that slot to you starts poking his nose into your business. You grow a little uneasy and tell him off. Yet: the nosiness goes out of hand as he invites others over to dig through your personal stuff.
After giving that guy some serious peace of your mind he camouflages the nosiness and hides away. Only to start putting up flashing arrows and signs to sell you and any passerby all sorts of fishy services - unsolicited of course.
There are some rules and options how to avoid the bulk of the commotion but they are written on some tiny leaflets stuffed in some dirty bottles and thrown into the pond 10 blocks down. So, you decide to reduce the exposure and fence off the place only to let friends in.
One day you discover though that anything that actually belongs to you, including stuff that you secured and moved out quite some time ago is freely accessible to an army of unknown folks and you can't do a darn thing about it.
A wave of rage unravels upon that park trader guy but most people are still quite happy to gather around, mingle and don't seem to be too upset with all their private stuff on display - even though they won't control anymore who puts up what sign or arrow and where they share any of your personal preferences and items.
Would anyone in their right mind feel comfortable in that park anymore? Maybe there are enough people who just won't care but:
1. If you give away something for free - do it with passion and don't trick anyone into a secret payback. If your stuff rocks folks might very gladly honor your hard work with a token of appreciation or more.
2. If someone asks you to preserve their privacy tell them that you won't or you can't but be honest for crying out loud!
3. Nailing shut the only exit door is NOT a measure to build trust! (Did you morons grow up in former communist GDR?)
4. Neither is lying about your motivation to run the whole deal in the first place.
I have learned some things in my life of which one is the most important: there are two letters that should be nonnegotiable if humans are treated with dignity: the word NO!
The moment someone tries to bypass or ignore (or both) my NO - I will seriously doubt his integrity and my self defense mechanism kicks in. Kids learn that early on (or at least they should), societies (functioning ones) build their security operations around it.
Some high-fly no-good show-off lucky www bastard who happens to have gained an inch of power and exercises it over the heads of whole countries (population wise) of people who fell for a neat idea should have learned at least this as a minimum portion of tact:
If someone opens up, trusts you, puts parts of his personality into your control: this means tremendous obligation and honor!
Well, Mr. Zuckerberg: you have proven to be someone to abuse trust and are not fit for any obligation to others. So, I voice-fully revoke the honor and run my shit on my own site. This is my place, I am in control here. It is easy, fun, educates me and keeps my friends away from phony guys like you.