Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 10th Nov 2012 07:28 UTC
Bugs & Viruses If you want to ensure you have adequate passwords but don't have the time or interest to study the topic, there's a useful basic article on how to devise strong passwords over at the NY Times. It summarizes key points in 9 simple rules of thumb. Also see the follow-up article for useful reader feedback. Stay safe!
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I had an eidetic memory as a child; I remember being able to read an entire encyclopedia page and recite it back with about 95% accuracy at six years old. Unfortunately it started fading away as I got older. I still recall a lot more than the average person after reading a passage or string, but it's a shadow of what I could do as a child.

Still, it's good enough to remember important alphanumeric strings. My limit is about 35 characters, give or take, and it helps if it's a pattern that I recognize. That's why I use the VIN/license key combo; I deal with VINs daily at my full time job and reinstalling Windows 98 every few months made it easy to recall that key. I also tend to memorize phone numbers, my credit and debit cards, and other pattern based strings very easily.

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