We’re at the point now with passwords that there’s no way we can remember all of them with all their different requirements and the way some of them have to change every few months and so on.
That leads to possibly bad ideas for how to remember passwords. For example, writing them down on post-it notes and sticking them all over your monitor. A step up from that is putting them on a sheet of paper and sticking them in your safe, which is maybe something you should be doing along with your will anyway. Of course, then you have to go into your locked safe every time you need a password you’ve forgotten.
You could also email them to yourself. Which is not the best idea for obvious reasons (getting hacked!). Or you could have the same password for everything, which of course you can’t do because there are different requirements, and if you could would be a bad idea because if someone gets one of your passwords, they get them all. Or you could have the same basic password with minor changes based on the program you’re logging in with (MintX3$v, HotmailX3$v, etc.) Again, if someone gets one of your passwords, it’s pretty obvious what the rest are going to be (plus you might run into problems with requirements not allowing your set-up).
Partner 1: The best setup I’ve found is using key-based authentication. So I only have to remember the one password, and if someone hacks into Target and gets my public key I don’t care because it’s public anyway. but only computer geeks use them…
Partner 2: Is a computer geek.
LASTPASS is the answer. I never remember any passwords anymore.
What do you do to remember passwords? What are things other people do?