Thursday, June 19, 2014

In How to Stay Safe on the Web? We have talked about the importance of using strong passwords.  Also in that article,we agree that it is a little bit too much for anyone to remember passwords mixed with capitals, letters, numbers, and special characters.  And this is why
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writing down passwords is a must.  
Truth is if we write down a password, then that will not be a password any more.  In this case, we need a system to encode the password in a way that only the owner can decode. 

Here we are going to  talk about TechMeSlowly Password System, TMSPS.  This system allows users to create strong writable and unforgettable passwords, and also users can make up different passwords for different websites.  The system works like this: What makes a strong password?  12 to 16 long characters mixed with numbers, capitals, letters, and special characters.  Here what TMSPS does is creating a Password Base, about 8 to 10 characters long, and adding more characters at the end for different websites.

First, let’s create a Password Base.
A Password Base consists of three elements: numbers, letters, and special characters. Above all, we are going to use something unforgettable to create the Base, so you can never forget it.

Get a pen and a piece of paper, and let’s do it together.
Write down A-B-C as below on the paper first, and we will fill it up to create a Base.

A. Numbers
Use numbers you know before age 25, and at least 4 numbers long.  We are only going to pick 4 numbers out of this long sequence.  This numbers could be your service numbers, army serial numbers, telephone numbers that your family used when you were a kid, the first telephone number on your name, college dorm room number, first car tag numbers, or even the area code of your first place.  Don’t use the birthday as numbers, unless he/she is older than you, such as your grandparents, or your parents. If you are going to use the phone numbers, car tag, or area code, please make sure you are not using those numbers any more.  Remember, those numbers get to be known by you before age 25, because things we remember when we were young are things we don’t forget easily.

Here, I use the area code as an example.

A. area code of my first place (f4)

f4 means the first 4 numbers.  You also can use e4, 4 numbers at the end.

We are going to use names of a location or a person for letters. The first letter of the name will be in capital , because today many websites require at least one capital letter in passwords.  Still, pick a name, location meaningful to you, and known by you before age 25.  It could be your first girlfriend or boyfriend you didn’t marry, the graduation trip location, the location you went for “the first time,” or even the name of your first grade teacher.  You will be surprised that you can recall some of those things more easily than what you had for lunch.

Here, I use my first grade teacher as an example.

B. my first grade teacher (3)

The number inside ( ) indicates how many letters in this word.

C. Special characters
We will use words to write down the special characters.  Couple of good picks are @(at),+(plus),$(money),or %(percent).
I pick @, and write this after C. at

Great! Now here is a sample for a Password Base.

A. area code of my first place (f4)
B. my first grade teacher (3)
C. at

And when I see this A-B-C in my brain, I recall my password as 3611Lee@.

This is only 8-character long, and many websites need at least 12-character-long password.  It’s easy; we are just going to add more after the Base.

We will get this add-on from the web address.  
First, where is the web address?
This long bar with https:// is where the website is located.  All web addresses are created in the same way---www first, followed by a dot, then the name of the site, another dot, ending with types of businesses like com, net, or org, or shorts for countries, like uk, de, or ca. 
Take this web address as an example.
Here is how we do it. 
We get the add-on from the name of the site in bold on the sample above.
This is how we write down on the paper:

What it means is to type the name of the site backward, and we only use 5 characters for the add-on part of a password.
So when I see this <—(5) , I know I should type acire.

Every website has its own name. In this way, your password will be long enough and different for all sites.

Let me show you how my parents do. This is what they have in their drawers, also in notes on their iPad. 

The A-B-C part is the Password Base.
Under it will be the add-on part for different websites.

The only downside about TMSPS is : be aware of people who suddenly take strong interest in your past. 

Now, you can either read the related articles, or share this page. Then get up and enjoy your life.


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