How To Score Every Time – With Passwords
If dude can score 100%…so can you. Even with a mullet and handlebar mustache, you too can score 100% one-hundred percent of the time. With passwords. Get your mind out of the gutter. What were you thinking of? The problem is all your life you’ve been told WHAT to do – not HOW to do it.
That changes today. Today is the day we declare our independence from terrible, hard-to-remember, easy-to-forget, meaningless, rotten passwords. In one minute in the video below, I will show you how to create and never forget a password that scores every time. Scores 100% at PasswordMeter.com. At the end of this post, is a link to the entire password course I put online for free. It includes downloads to help you score.
It’s Not What You Remember – It’s How You Remember It
Story after story tells all the horrible things that have happened to the richest of the rich, like poor little Mark Zuckerberg. You know – rich dude, CEO of Facebook. He got his Facebook and Twitter account hacked. Why? Because it was reportedly ‘dadad’ for both. So I’m going to help Mark score. Not that he needs my help. Anybody who’s worth a few billion is automatically attractive. So I’m going to help him with his passwords instead.
First, let’s talk about something he would never forget besides his name. His favorite color. Blue. Why? Because he’s colorblind. So we have our passphrase:
My Favorite Color Is Blue or Blue Is My Favorite Color.
Either way it’s five words.
Next is a formula that will help produce that killer but easy-to-remember password. Just like X + Y = Z, we need a formula as a guide. Before you go off on a rant here and say “You can’t have a formula! Everything about your password is supposed to be complex, tough and SECRET!!!!” (Yes – I overdid the exclamation points in keeping with the hysteria around this subject.)
The encryption formula (for Geeks it’s an algorithm) used by the US Government to protect sensitive data is….public. Why? So others can build products with a formula that has been tested, tried, vetted, beat up, checked for holes and approved for official government use. When algorithms, aka formulas, are kept secret is when it becomes easy to break them.
The secret to keeping secrets is not the formula, it’s the damn secret. Your password or passphrase. That’s what you keep secret. So let’s agree we all can remember Zuck’s favorite color is blue. Here’s his phrase:
Blue Is My Favorite Color.
Creating The Formula
Now the fun begins. Let’s build a formula. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. Literally. ‘1’ represents the first block of the formula (x,y), ‘2’ the second (A|a, B|b, etc.), and ‘3’ the third (R|r).
The first block is for the number of words in your passphrase. There are five words in ‘Blue is My Favorite Color’. Duh. I know but stay with me here. So Block 1 = #5. The # or pound/hash sign usually means ‘number’ and 5 is for five words.
The second block if for your passphrase. In this block we use the first two letters of each word, alternating Upper Case followed by lower case. If you have six words, no problem. Even seven.
The third block is for the resource you want to access. The easiest way to remember this is to look at the first two letters of the URL you’re accessing. Don’t use the ‘www’. Whatever comes after that, for example www.facebook.com = Fa.
Creating Your Password
Now your password looks like this:
Let’s say you also want to log into Twitter – www.twitter.com or twitter.com. No problem.
All of the passwords score 100% at PasswordMeter.com. Not only do they score 100%, they knock it out of the park. To show you just how different the two passwords are, let’s look at them like hackers do. When passwords are stored securely (and not in plain text), they are hashed. Hashing is basically applying a mathematical formula to the password to come up with a unique value.
Here’s how it looks for both passwords:
- #5BlIsMyFaCoFa = b7a51d1126fbc1d5fb265dffbed033a1
- #5BlIsMyFaCoTw = c43724b4e8155d8f9ebe78d0fde83b65
How To Remember Your Password
People. People who need people. And people will be…people. That means you’re going to write something dowen just to be sure you remember your password. Okay – I get it. If you write something down, then do this.
That’s the first letter of each word in your password with the order of the formula. You could do this:
Now your password looks like this:
There are six possibilities for how to arrange your password: 123, 132, 231, 213, 312, 321. Go ahead – here’s mine:
NDIMFT 123 (By the time you read this, I will have changed it. Just in case…)
I Only Need One Minute To Score
Put it all together and it looks like this: