Maintaining Passwords

Referring to Sara's post, here is how manage my passwords. I have three classes of passwords:

  • A. really important passwords:
    These change often. used for corporate accounts, bank accounts etc.,
    1. I use one or two silly phrases whenever I have to generate them. for eg. "Alice stole Bobs tarts". Phrase can be in any language and need not be gramatically correct. Longer the better.

    2. For each different account I add one or two words.
      For Bank of America it becomes "Alice stole Boa tarts"
      For CitiBank "Alice stole Bobs tarts in the city".

    3. I then distill or transform the phrase to a 8 or more character word:
      AlStBoaTts or a(s\*TBoTacty. The transformation method is known only to me and I might use special random characters in between. Since I apply this method often, I remember it well.

    4. I then make a note of the phrase in some encrypted file (using vault)

    5. When I change password for one account I change them all


  • B. important passwords:
    These change rarely; root passwords, user passwords, etc.
    Again transformed and long silly phrase, different for each account.
    The phrase is noted down in an encrypted file (using vault)
  • C. unimportant passwords
    these never change - for websites that require a password for the sake of a password)
    I use one of four or five of my regularly reused passwords. (like abcd1234)

    • (Ooops did I give away too much information about my passwords :-)

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