Use Dictionary Margins To Store Passwords By Word Association

Use Dictionary Margins To Store Passwords By Word Association

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.

Got a similar trick for hiding password in plain sight? Tell us about it in the comments.


  • Problem with this way is that you won’t know when your password has been compromised.

    Flicking through the dictionary and you see “hunter2” in the margin, makes it easy to guess it’s a password. Even more so if your password is something like “fk9)w12n-l”.

    Just write it on a piece of paper and keep it in your wallet. If you lose your wallet, then it’s time to change your password.

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