When you think of Flickr, you might think of photo aperture. Logged into Facebook, it reminds you of college. Use that kind of word association to stash passwords in a desk-shelf dictionary, as Lifehacker reader isaaclyman suggests.
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You’ll often hear a low-level argument against writing your passwords down, especially anywhere near your computer. But this isn’t a Post-It note under the keyboard. It’s a small note, written in the margins of dictionary pages that relate specifically to the sites requiring strong, hard-to-memorise passwords. And as one security expert suggests, writing down passwords in a place only you know about is a realistic, sensible compromise.
So stash your NewEgg password near “fetish”, and keep your work email tucked next to “endless”, Even if some kind of dastardly villain goes page-by-page through a dictionary to find your passwords, they’ll need to know how you think about those words to use them against you.
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