One needs passwords (or pass phrases) everywhere. PC, email, website, mobiles, ATM, suitcases and what not.
I decided to do a bit of a research on how people like to keep their passwords. This is what I found :
- Mostly one password for all the accounts, sometimes with minor variations, is preferred
- It might carry some information related to the account
- It might be contain your favourite person's name/birthday/mobile number etc
- It is preferable when its short and not alphanumeric
My current count is 30+, some of which I confess, I rarely use; "Forgot my password" is perhaps the most clicked hyperlink on these sites! And I like to think I'm security paranoid and maintain different passwords for each account. To lay less strain on my memory, I maintain the same id for everything: lvshankar or use my gmail a/c.
Here's the list of accounts (not passwords) I use:
gmail(2), photonmail, yahoomail, skype, ubuntu (Home),XP(Office), launchpad, ubuntu counter, cooltoad, digg, ilugc, zapak, linux mint forums, geni,mayajaal, IPMS (work related), sparknotes, hotornot (my bro forced me into this), zedge, mediafire, mabango,olts (work related), axis iconnect (2+ATM PIN), hdfc(+ATM PIN, +CC PIN), bugzilla, spreadfirefox, windows live, lifehacker, irctc, mastercard securecard (?!?!), SIT Chennai... :-)
Besides the above, I remember some friends/relatives' passwords/ATM PINs.
A final tip. You might want to try L33t.
Update: A kind of universal login id is available these days. Open ID. It is similar to M$ Passport, but in a sense open. I haven't really tried this yet. One, am waiting for it to get *really* popular, and another, it dejects me to forget most of those passwords and remember just one. Just too easy for me.
PS: If you thought this post was a show off, you are probably right!
PPS: Since I've been reading uleadin's blogs lately, I have got this PSing habit! Aarggh!