Practical Password Practices

There are an endless number of articles touting password keeper apps, accompanied by explanations about why long randomized passwords are the best practice. They all say a version of the same thing, “You’re fooling yourself if you think your very predictable Pa$$W0rd is actually fooling hacker decoding software”

After trying 3 different password keeper apps, I decided that these apps and the technology that surrounds them, have a long way to go to become truly useful.  I encountered a number of problems including:
1. App was too complicated, not intuitive.
2. Fingerprint recognition would not work well. There’s no point in having all my 16-digit random passwords protected by a 4-digit pin under the “Password” banner on my phone.
3. One app did not generate random passwords.
4. Perhaps the biggest problem; my iphone lost the “paste” info as I went from one app to the next.

Even though I concluded that a password keeper app is not for me, I did make one lasting change to my passwords during the course of my research.  I $t0pped.Doing.Thi$!

One easy way to generate long passwords that look random, but are memorable, is to think of a sentence that means something to you, then use it to generate a password. For example, “I ate ice cream daily in Rome in June 2000.”   This “key” sentence translates to “I8icdiRi6.2000.”  This simple sentence is personally memorable to me but unique enough to be impossible to guess.  It easily generates a 14+  digit password.  If you can remember or write the sentence, you have a good chance of remembering the password.