Every now and then, I’ll get a call from a friend out whose having computer issues. At times, its a quick and easy fix but other times, the fastest method is to bring the computer to factory state–essentially starting over. I always ask them to set a password afterwards but recently I’ve been hearing some rather weak passwords. Some examples include birthdates, pet’s name, colors, middle names–relatively easy to guess passwords. This may appear insignificant for a local user account on Windows or OS/X but then I remembered reading an article which described that people tend to repeat the same patterns when forming passwords–even using the same password across several websites (proven by the Gawker media accounts hack)! It’s even more staggering, the number of people that choose ‘password’ as their password.
For me, all of my passwords are photo-formed. That is, I memorize the movements on the keyboard, not necessarily the characters of the passwords. In fact, I don’t know any of my passwords unless, I have access to a keyboard which may or may not be a good thing. Looking more into my “unusual” method, I’ve determined that it actually builds strong passwords without me having to do much alterations for multiple websites. [Read more…] about Strong and easy to remember passwords