My passwords are boring combinations of upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation marks.  They tend to be strong, i.e. 16+ characters that are in no way easy to memorize.  They don’t invoke memories of people or events past, they don’t memorialize pets or loves lost.  I use lastpass to manage unique passwords for every site I have an account with so I only need to remember one password for all my online activity.

When I heard a podcast from the author of this NYTimes ariticle I was blown away by how people use passwords to remind themselves of affirmations, to remember people places and things from their lives, and a host of other ingredients that comprise their passwords.  The story has some really poignant moments. This is definitely worth a read.

The Secret Life of Passwords – NYTimes.com.

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