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Creating One Best Password for All Your Online Sites

Updated on July 2, 2013
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© 2010 by Aurelio Locsin.

We’re all guilty of this sin, even though it can condemn us to the hell of identity theft. But how also do you cope with hundreds of sites that require password protection. I’m talking about using the same password over and over again. This actually works great, until somebody guesses that secret. Then, the thieves start posting under our names, ruining our carefully-honed reps.

Prevent this horror by crafting an easy-to-remember password that is hard to guess but transforms from site to site:

  1. Write down an easy-to-remember sentence that contains at least seven words, mixes uppercase and lowercase letters, and contains numbers. Longer phrases are better. Here are some examples:

    My mom Alice was number 3 out of 5 kids.
    Our townhouse in St. Cloud, Minnesota has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 0 fireplaces.
    Aunt Dora’s recipe for Perfect Pancake starts with 3 cups of flour.


    Stay away from easy-to-guess items such as your initials, common initials such as IBM or CNN, birthdate, phone number, house number, Social Security Number or important historical dates. Password-cracking programs automatically use such combinations. Some combos you can try include the following:

    Description of your first pet length and weight.
    Details of your first date with a specific person.
    A phrase from your high school or college diploma.
    Location, population and size of your least favorite city.
    Details from your first sexual encounter.

  2. Take the first letter of each word, capitalized properly, and the numbers, and put them together without spaces or punctuation. (Though some sites accept punctuation marks as part of the password, many do not.) This combination will be your base password as in the following examples:

    MmAwn3o5k
    OtiSCMh3b2ba0f
    ADrfPPsw3cof


    Remembering this base will be difficult at first, but made easier by the phrase you originated. You can even write that phrase in some convenient place, as long as you don’t tell anyone what that phrase is for. Mix that writing up with other irrelevant phrases, just to confuse anybody who may discover your writing.

  3. Create a unique password for a website, by combining the first and third letter of the site name. Put that combo at either the start or end of the base password. You may make those site letters uppercase, lowercase or some combination of the two. However, you must be consistent with capitalization and letter placement for all your passwords or you’ll forget them. Here are some examples of site names using the three previous base passwords.

    Hubpages (start): HbMmAwn3o5k
    Gmail (end): OtiSCMh3b2ba0fga
    Amazon (start): AaADrfPPsw3cof

    You can use any combination of letters and positions of the site name as long as you do it consistently. For example, you could use the last and first letters, in that order; the second and fourth letters; or the last three letters.

You now have an easy-to-remember password that is hard to guess and unique for each site. Let me know what you think of this method in comments.

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      Anthony Goodley 

      5 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Very useful hub you have here, especially with several major websites getting hacked lately. What's scary is that they were all storing unencrypted passwords in their databases.

      One of my email accounts and passwords were exposed online from the latest Yahoo hack. Thankfully it was my throw away password for stuff I don't really care about. Regardless I changed my passwords right away for the sites I do care about to like 12 character passwords just to be safe. It is truly unbelievable that Yahoo was so reckless to have stored plain text passwords. Shame on Yahoo!!

      Going forward I'm going to use some of your method to keep my passwords unique to each website.

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      dinkan53 

      6 years ago from India

      Great idea, I like your way of making passwords. Enjoyed it and will make it on use soon. Thanks, voted up and shared.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      6 years ago from NYC BABY

      Great tips, having so many passwords nowadays it's hard to keep up. Voted up and more!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very innovative Aurelio. I like the way you make it site specific too. I need to have a look at all my passwords now. Bookmarking this.

      Voted up, useful and awesome. Sharing this too.

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      Loi-Renee 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      These are some great tips. It can be so hard to remember all those passwords.

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      chamilj 

      6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Thanks for the great advice.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow! This idea is fantastic! I'll have to think about changing all of my passwords and doing something like you suggested. Would make remembering all of them easier in the end. As it is now...I have to write them down to keep all of them straight. Voted useful, interesting, up and will definitely share. Thanks!

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks chaturrajneesh. The technique works well for me.

    • chaturrajneesh profile image

      chaturrajneesh 

      6 years ago from India

      A very good tip for generating passwords - single password, still unique with each website. I will definitely use this tip for my multiple sites.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I often got confused with my password too, which is why I cam up with this system.

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      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      This is a good idea.

      I always get confused with my password

      Voted up as interesting

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks. All I can say is that it works for me.

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I have to admit I was a little skeptical about your suggested method here about mid-hub, but by hub's end, I was nodding my head and beginning to think about my own phrase/sentence. Great idea.

      Voted up and SHARED.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Having such long passwords would be excellent, but the biggest password that I've ever been allowed has been about 12.

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      theastrology 

      6 years ago from New Delhi

      Now..I will not confuse to remember my so many password .. So informative and meaningful hub.

      Vote up!

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      giocatore 

      6 years ago

      Interesting idea! Being lazy, I have a program that generates and stores hard-to-crack passwords for all the sites I visit. Cheers.

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      jeyaramd 

      6 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      I confuse my passwords all the time. These tips are worth a million. I like the idea of adding your source (fackebook, tweeter, hub pages) to your actual primary password. This is a great idea. You can also do this for your trackers. Thats two uses. Voted up. Awesome.

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      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Thailand

      Very good advice. I was told that passwords should be constructed like this, but to be VERY secure, they should be 20+ characters. However, you could use this method for your main sites, then use the entire phrase + this method for your secure sites ... although, then of course you shouldn't write it down!!

      Very useful, voted across the board, tweeted and pinned

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      alocsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks Alladream.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      A good write up. These hints will certainly come in handy in future

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