Charlie Peterson 651 319 1761
produces passwords such as:
319charlie1761 or 1761charlie319
319charlie1761 or 1761peterson319. For systems that screen for real words,
1671eilrahc913 or 319eilrahc1671
1671osretep913 or 319osretep1671 The reordered phone numbers are easy to find in a cell phone or datebook. A simple PDA program can do the sorting. Mark Farrar puts his mind to work with mnemonics One of my interests is mnemonics (i.e. memory training techniques), and there is a relatively little known technique called the Figure Alphabet. This Figure Alphabet allows numbers to be converted into words, and its original purpose was to enable you to remember numbers by converting them into something more tangible and, consequently, easier to remember. You can find out more at http://freespace.virgin.net/mark.farrar1/mnefa01.htm, if you are interested. However, the Figure Alphabet may also be used "backwards," i.e. words can be converted back into a number, and the system will always generate the same number for the same word. My tip, therefore, is to use any password that is easy to remember for you (e.g. your wife's name) and convert it, using this Figure Alphabet, into a number. As an example, my wife's name is Carol Farrar, which would convert into the number 745844, which is just as easy to remember but much harder to guess. I know this sounds complicated, but the Figure Alphabet takes all of half an hour to learn -- at most! -- and it is a useful tool for daily life and work, as well.
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