Passwords As Personal Reminders

One often annoying, but critical necessity is our passwords. We use them several times a day, juggle through different ones for work and leisure, and have to change them often to keep our data secure. Have you ever considered making those series of keystrokes productive? Maybe even using them to serve as perpetual reminders?

You know the drill — it's been 30 days and it's time to change your work passcode. Or perhaps one of your accounts has been compromised and you have to come up with a new easy-to-remember, hard-to-guess password. We've got your solution.

Try making a password that reinforces positive thoughts, self improvement, or the healthier lifestyle you're after. Think along the lines of "sit up straight", "good posture", "think positive", "eat more veggies", "lay off the cookies", etc. Yours truly has a problem with the cookies :)

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Making a phrase of words like this is also good password etiquette and improves your overall password security. Mix up the phrase with capital letters, 0's for O's, 3's for E's, 5's for S's and other common Leet speak for uniqueness and to comply with any particular syntax requirements.

Try this out on your next new password, and maybe those extra moments with your inner voice will promote the actual change you've been hoping for.

(Images: Chris Perez)