Try using affirmations for passwords

Affirmations generally annoy me, but they work.  One way I’ve found to do affirmations that doesn’t bother me is to use them in passwords and inject a healthy does of sarcasm.

Example: “You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.”* can become:

yansyanabaus

Then add some numbers that have a mysterious meaning to you, and BAM!!! You’ve got a new password that will make you laugh.

When I come across a potentially valuable affirmation, I make a note of it and use it next time I need a new password. I’ll blog more about ways to do this later.  One great place to store them is in 1Password.  I use 1Password as my password manager, so it’s a natural fit.

  • Careful readers will note that I’ve slightly changed this quote to make it more repetitive so that it flows off the fingers more naturally.  I don’t find that this makes it any harder to remember, but it does make it easier to type quickly. Your mileage may vary.

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