With the recent Gawker hack and then the LinkedIn warnings to change my password after that, I thought I’d share my foolproof password system. I don’t trust programs to save my passwords for me and I don’t use the same password on every website.
For my password I use a single keyword.
Here is how it works: I picked a single compound word, like coffee-cup. Now on every website, whenever it needs a password, I use my keyword with the first four letters of the domain in the middle as my password. Add some caps and numbers to spice it up.
Here are some samples using the above keyword but spelled with a zero instead of an “o” and 33 instead of the “ee” in coffee:
Google Account: C0ff33googcup
You get the idea. Pick a way of spelling your keyword so that you have a capital letter and a number and you’re all set. For best results, change up your keyword at the start of every quarter and you’ll have great success.