How do you remember all these passwords?I can never remember passwords on web sites.  It has gotten to the point where I have so many passwords, all with their own quirky rules, that I can't even...

How do you remember all these passwords?

I can never remember passwords on web sites.  It has gotten to the point where I have so many passwords, all with their own quirky rules, that I can't even remember the passwords I used to always remember.  And THEN they tell me it has been six months and it's time to change it. 

What is the solution?  Is there some kind of safe, secure software that can really track usernames and passwords for me?


Expert Answers
clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You can enable your computer to automatically ask to "remember" all your passwords, which is what I do.  Then, you can access your saved list in the security settings (it is different on a PC than a Mac and I've just recently fully switched to Mac, but it's located in the Internet Options on a PC).  I also tend to use the same password for all sites and change ALL of them every 72 days or so.  I'm sure it isn't as secure, but for now, it is what I do.

Unfortunately, my PC laptop just died, and with it, all my saved passwords.  As I go back and get the "reminder email" from each site, I too am creating a list in a document and saving it in my dropbox.  My biggest problem lies in the rules regarding different symbols or requirements for passwords.  When my "catch all" password does not adhere to rules, I forget it easily.

I have also created a folder in my email for all the "password reminder" emails, so I'm thrice backed up.  Amazing how hackers can break in even when we can't seem to access our own stuff!



tinicraw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I decided to make a table in Microsoft Word that I also save in Google Docs (so I can access it anywhere). On that table I list the websites in alphabetical order in the first column. In the second column I write the username and in the third column I write a clue to my password. Sometimes the clue is just the first three or four letters of the password and I can remember the rest after that. I decided to make a fourth column for any extra information or notes I need to remember about the site, too.  For example, my car insurance asks for a personal identification number as well as the other information, so I put that in the 4th column as a reference. Now, the only thing I need to remember is to go back to the table and update it every so often!

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think we can all commiserate on this one. My strategy is similar to that in post #4. I follow a pattern with any new passwords I have to create and I re-use that new password across different sites, using the same password for sites that I feel are somewhat related. 

Keeping my total number of passwords down to a minimum is key for my strategy. Today, I think I have four total passwords for the various sites I use requiring a log-in and password. 

I know other people who write down their passwords on a pad near the computer, which avoids the unfortunate situation described in post #6. 

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My husband has a list of passwords he uses - an old-fashioned, written by hand on a sheet of paper list, so it's not accessible to anyone trying to hack into our system.

I have two passwords from which I use the one that fits the requirements of the particular site I'm using. One is all letters; the other includes lowercase and capital letters, numerals, and a special sign to cover all situations.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I primarily use one password for virtually all sites. There are a couple, such as PayPal and Facebook, which I prefer to make more secure. What I do is use the syllables of the site--for instance, Face-Book--and use a password with the same first consonants: F----- B-----. It works for me, but I wouldn't advise using this method with a different password on every single site.

mlsiasebs eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I use a service called LastPass to save all of my passwords.  When signing up for a site or changing your passwords, it will randomly generate one that meets all the rules and since it remembers it you don't have to.

That being said, passwords that deal with my bank accounts and my work (due to confidentiality issues) are not saved there.  It works great!

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Along with others, trusting cyberspace is an issue for me, so I record passwords in a small spiral notebook kept at all times by the home computer.  Putting them into a foreign language helps with remembering them, too.

wanderista | Student

I'm not that good at remembering complex, strange words that use symbols and numbers. I reluctantly force myself to use these strange passwords however, to assure the safety of the accounts that I have.

I make sure that I write down all the usernames and passwords for each individual website I have an account on. Then, I lock them up in a chest of some sorts, and if necessary, recall on this chest to obtain the necessary information.

It's tough remembering twenty individual usernames and passwords, especially when they're filled with numbers, symbols and alphabetical letters.

loraaa | Student

I suffer from the same problem... ^_^
 Currently, I have a one password used in all sites.
 You must have  a one password or" two"  just to make it easier for you to remember later.