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Creating and remembering passwords Use A Password Management Strategy To Simplify Your Life Use A Password Management Strategy To Simplify Your Life Much of the advice around passwords has been near-impossible to follow: use a strong password containing numbers, letters and special characters; change it regularly; come up with a completely unique password for each account etc.... Read More for every website you interact with is a real pain in the ass. Unfortunately, it’s also an essential part of a life spent at least partially online.

We sought to find out your strategy when it comes to passwords, and the informative results are detailed below.

Password Managers FTW!

We asked you, How Do You Manage Your Passwords? It turns out that most of you don’t manage your passwords, or at least not alone. Instead, the majority of people participating in the discussion let a password manager do the hard work of creating and/or storing passwords for their online adventures.

In total, nine password managers were named during the discussion, all of which are used by at least one commenter. The nine are LastPass, KeePass, Passpack, Dashlane, RoboForm, Sticky Password, 1Password, Norton Identity Safe, and aWallet Password Manager.

Without having tested all of the above we’re loath to recommend any in particular. However, LastPass LastPass Premium: Treat Yourself To The Best Password Management Ever [Rewards] LastPass Premium: Treat Yourself To The Best Password Management Ever [Rewards] If you've never heard of LastPass, I'm sorry to say that you have been living under a rock. However, you are reading this article, so you've already made a step in the right direction. LastPass... Read More is the password manager most often mentioned, with KeePass KeePass Password Safe – The Ultimate Encrypted Password System [Windows, Portable] KeePass Password Safe – The Ultimate Encrypted Password System [Windows, Portable] Securely store your passwords. Complete with encryption and a decent password generator – not to mention plugins for Chrome and Firefox – KeePass just might be the best password management system out there. If you... Read More a close second. Both of which were compared in our quest to find the password management tool perfect for you 5 Password Management Tools Compared: Find the One That's Perfect for You 5 Password Management Tools Compared: Find the One That's Perfect for You Choosing some sort of password management strategy to deal with the huge amount of passwords we need is crucial. If you're like most people, you probably store your passwords in your brain. To remember them... Read More .

If you’re interested in using any of the password managers mentioned above then please do your research before signing up, especially if there is a cost attached.

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Password managers may have won the day, but they aren’t for everyone. People who have rejected using a password manager for whatever reason also took part in the discussion. And they provided some good alternatives.

Several commenters stated they keep a list of passwords written down on a piece of paper, while several others suggested simple formulas to use in order to create a string of different passwords you’ll be able to recall when needed. One of which won Comment Of The Week

Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Jeremy G, James Howde, and Christopher W. Comment Of The Week goes to Petah, who won with this comment How Do You Manage Your Passwords? [We Ask You] How Do You Manage Your Passwords? [We Ask You] It's getting increasingly difficult to manage these random collections of numbers, letters, and symbols. Or is it? Read More :

We use Passpack at work. But for my personal account I have a system similar to this:
First character of the website, in caps: M
A % sign: %
6 fixed letters: iefotu
2 fixed numbers: 69
Which means my password for this site would be: M%iefotu69
And my Facebook F%iefotu69
etc
I dunno how good that is, but at least it got numbers, symbols, caps, and is different on every site.

We chose this comment because it explains a simple method of creating unique-yet-memorable passwords for those not persuaded by the virtues of password managers. If you use this idea yourself then you should obviously adapt it to suit your own needs, rather than copy it verbatim.

We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

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