How to learn to remember really complex passwords

passwordThis article from Wired really piqued my interest…

It’s crazy to think that 1 in 20 times people still use “password” for their passwords.  That’s just nuts.

A recent study from Microsoft and Princeton suggests that a training technique could be very effective (90% success rate) at teaching people to remember a 12-character-long password with random letters and numbers.

How it works:

  1. Every time the login screen appeared, the user would be prompted to type in a series of letters and numbers.
  2. Over time the string of characters longer to appear, which encouraged the user to start typing from memory.
  3. More characters were added to the password over time.
  4. After 10 days, 9 out of 10 users could correctly enter 12 random characters or 6 random words from memory.

Pretty cool, eh?


1 comment for “How to learn to remember really complex passwords

  1. November 18, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I figured out the ultimate Password system to keep yourself from going insane – that centers around 3 PRIMARY patterns: Casual passwords, Protective passwords, and Money passwords.

    For many sites you can use something trivial and simple for casual use – 6 characters minimum – like ‘peanut’
    For more Protective sites that require 8 characters or more a number or a Captial – something like ‘Peanut123’
    When MONEY and billing is involved with the account a Special Character change – like “Peanut12$”

    If you use this pattern consistently – you know ‘peanut’ is ALWAYS the root password segment. If it doesn’t work add the Capitalized version with Numbers. If that doesn’t work and financial transactions are likely involved do the Capitalized, Numbered, Special Character one you use least often.

    Wish someone had told me that at the dawn of the internet. Took years for me to figure out the ultimate password pattern system I should use: 99% of the time – it’s going to be one of those three possibilities.

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