Here’s a neat trick to never forget your password, while keeping it secure, that I heard about from somewhere on the interwebs a while ago, probably lifehacker.
It’s really very simple. You have a standard, secure password and you add a site-based string to it. So, say my standard password is:
That’s pretty secure. But what if a website dumps all of the passwords? Now you have to go through and change every single one of your million and a half passwords – from banks to email to whatever.
So, you add a site-based variable that’s consistent so you can’t forget it. E.g, the first two letters in the url, the last two letters, the URL in l33t, whatever. We’ll go with the first and last letters in the url and put them after the C in the original password.
Short and sweet.