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I never forget my hundreds of passwords - and they are super safe!

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!
Why?
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:

LaeichtMerkb@resW0rtn

Beispiel Passwort für Google:

google-Variablen im verfremdeten Stammwort:

LgeichtMerkb@resW0rte

Beispiel Passwort für Deutschlandfunk:

deutschlandfunk-Variablen im verfremdeten Stammwort:

LdeichtMerkb@resW0rtk

Meine Sicherheit:

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.

The Apple row

After buying something north of 12'000 songs, 800+ TV shows, 396 movies on iTunes, 1 iMac, 3 iPods, 4 iPhones, 1 iPad, 1 iHifi which sums up to at least three really good passenger cars worth of Apple products over 15 years - they have the audacity to lock me out of MY content time and time again!

How?

I was 'unlucky' to live in three countries during that time and Apple policies (get this) FORBID to move their content across borders. Anywhoo: trying to obey I accumulated all content pretty much equally across three iTunes accounts from three different countries.

Now, whenever I change accounts on either of my devices (because of travel, local needs of apps updates, etc.) they lock me out of my content for 90 days on that device. In summary: I'm literally NEVER in possession and able to play my shit EVER. 

What a global company!!!

Is there anybody out there who can hack that shit as Apple is officially unwilling and incapable of a smooth, global support of their best and highest spending customers?

If you have a solution: share and drink a lot of beer on my dime!

Plus: you will earn to be called a genius by me. EXCLUSIVELY!

UPDATE 1-Sep 2014:

There is an interesting Apple Support Group (you know, the people who do Apple's job actually fixing their shit but don't get paid by anyone - because Apple decided not to invest in flawless services especially customer service and have users do the job) - that deals with this issue of multiple Apple ID's from different countries, I also contributed with my story:

Here is why I have 4 country IDs and why I'm struggling to "use" them.

I lived in Germany for 5 years and worked in Switzerland at the time. My commuite crossed the Swiss/German border 8 times every day.

Afterwards I lived in France (same region) and crossed the border 4 times but this time (by train) France, Germany, Switzerland).

Every day!

On my commute I want to use my content that I acquired over many years (1200 shows and movies, 12000 songs, 120 books).

While working for the same Swiss based company (it's in Basel, pretty much everybody in that region has the same issue plus other dense European regions) I was transferred to the US for five years and traveled in NAFTA and Central America all the time plus back home frequently, visiting the above mentioned countries in fast intervalls.

After returning I had my constellation 1 back, for the last years I moved to Switzerland and visit my family in Germany every week plus travel to Italy almost every weekend.

"Tough live" one might say - I know how blessed I am.

But what Apple doesn't seem to understand is that increasingly more people will live and move like that or even more complex.

Based on the ToS Apple asks me to own 10+ country IDs but switch them 4-10 times every day - worse even: oly use the content that was purchased in a particular country while crossing the border 4 times within 50 minutes morning commute and only use my US bought content when back on business trips there??!??

Give me a BIG ... break!