What’s My Password?

Oct 17, 2019 | Apple Tips & Tricks

What You Need to Know:

All sign ins have two components:

User Name – Often an email, but some sites allow proper names or nicknames.
Password – The thing you keep forgetting.

General Rules:

  • Don’t keep passwords in Contacts. It provides no security.
  • Don’t stress about creating passwords you’ll remember . . . because you won’t.
  • Don’t change passwords unless you ABSOLUTELY HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE.
  • If you change a password, write the new password down IMMEDIATELY.
  • Don’t scribble passwords on a piece of paper. Neither you or I will be able to read it.

Formulating Strong Passwords:

Don’t stress. Pick a word. Write it down. Move some letters around. Apply the rules below.

  • Don’t use the names of your kids, dogs, cats or parakeet.
  • Use both upper and lower case letters.
  • Use numbers out of sequence and in unexpected places i.e; the middle of the password.
  • Use symbols. You can substitute @ for the letter ‘a’ or $ for the letter ‘s’.
  • Use at least 8 characters.
  • Immediately write the user name and the password down.

Where To Keep Passwords:

There are a few good options, but right now I think the best place is Notes.

You can keep all your passwords on one note and . . . as of OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, notes can be password-protected.

Instructions on how to create a locked note can be found here – Apple Notes. Finally… A Good Place To Hide Your Secrets

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