Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Password tip- May help with forgotten passwords

Been a long time since I have posted any technical support info.  Sorry for that but I did not have Internet for quite awhile; not that I have a following or anything. .Got it back recently because a family member is paying for it, since I am out of work for the most part. I may post a couple items today, or more so I hope they help someone.

This first post is about maintaining  passwords...

Passwords are essential for any computer regardless of the OS you are using. With the Internet most have accounts on more sites than they can keep up with, so you try to have just one that you can remember, however different sites have different requirements for passwords.  For instance, one site requires 6 characters and that is it, but these days many sites require more.  Many require 6 with 1 uppercase and 1 number, others want that and a punctuation mark and so on.  To add to this many computers have fingerprint scanners which are handy to use but can be detrimental if, say after using that fingerprint for weeks, months or years the scanner fails and you have to login to accounts using a password, or if you do not have access to a machine with a scanner and have to login with a password; YOUR password.  Problem is that many people will set a password at every site they join online and it is different each time, but if you have all these different passwords then use a biometric method for sometime and you lose that you most likely will not remember what password you set for every site you accessed when that fingerprint gadget fails.  All sites today still use passwords even if your fingerprint/biometric device is not working you can login using that old password.  So here is a tip/set of guidelines to follow:
1)  Come up with a password you will never forget with a minimum of 7 characters(can be more) that includes 1 number (this base password is now alpha-numeric).
2)  Take same password from 1 above and manipulate it to have 1 capital letter; just pick any letter in the original password.  Reason is some sites require a capital letter so now you have same combination of letters/numbers but still the same group of such from tip 1 above.
3) Take that same password you came up with from tip 1 and add a punctuation mark(comma, period, exclamation, you get the picture). You can lengthen the password with that mark or put it anywhere in the original.  Some sites may require the punctuation mark along with cap.
4) Thru all this keep the capital letter and punctuation mark you choose the same.

This gives you 3 different passwords with same letters/numbers/punctuation of which you will always know.
This is totally secure and now you have 3 passwords that even though have different combos you will know that every site you access will be one of those 3.  Most sites accessed give at least 3 login attempts, so if you know that your password on all systems you access is 1 of 3 possibilities you will always be able to remember and login without biometrics/fingerprint scanners

Example:  I like baseball so I pick strikeout as my base word for my password and add a 1 to the end, hence strikeout1 is password meeting #1 criteria above. Website needs cap letter so I set Strikeout1 (s in caps) meets #2 above.  For sites that require punctuation they may require a combo(one uppercase letter) so I go with Strike,out1 for a password.

In rare circumstances a site may require 2 numbers so add a number at your discretion in those circumstances, which are so rare you will probably remember that password anyways as long as the rest of the password contains the original set of letters/numbers/caps. Like still using example above Strike,out11 - I added a 1 at the end is all maintaining original 3 combos and meeting all requirements currently in place on websites you or anyone is using.

If you follow this guideline you will be able to login to your accounts regardless of using biometrics for months and it failing, because you will know your special password combos and can never forget them.  I use this guideline/system and with the 40 or so accounts I use online at work or otherwise I can always get logged in.  When I worked for NASA and DOD I put these guidelines in play and many use today.  Is absolutely secure and you don't have to write down, or try to remember 40 passwords but just 1 combination of three that only you know.

Comments welcome and encouraged.

Wes - aka Lasarian

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