Memorising Password

I believe we all have problem remembering growing number of passwords. Totally forget the less frequently used one and need to write in for reset.
Worse still cant write in or contact the administrator and forever cannot login. Or cant re-register cos username mentioned is taken and the admin replied you are registered already.

I have a simple way to overcome this be it PIN numner or passwords.
Find a word that have ten letters that have NO REPEATED alphabet. I use the word VOLKSWAGON as an example
Here is how you can use any of this word to code your numeric PIN.
Eg the word ……………. V O L K S W A G O N
You then attribute the number to it ……………………. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0

Assuming your numeric PIN is 5378 . You then code it into SLAG and write it down in your mobile phone memo or I even scribble it on the card itself. I actually index all my password (coded) in my phone for easy retrieving anytime anywhere

Thus I don’t need to commit it into memory. Can also use it to code password that are alphanumeric character.
Just underscore or bracket the alphabet that need not change. Eg your password is now N5W8V3. Your coding will be

Not charging fee for using the above method, smile..
If you people find this helpful, in my next post I will give you more such words to choose from if I get more than 5 endorsement. :-)


9 thoughts on “Memorising Password”

  1. Hi Leon/Hew Lee/Yew Kwong,
    Thank you all for your input. Every methods do have their pro and con. Do appreciate your method ,Leon. Regards..

  2. When a person died all impt account will be closed
    no one or even family members is allowed to access another’ account It is illegal
    All the others not important ones can just leave it for memory

    Also why not have one password for all unimportant account Time is money, wasting time looking up or trying to remember password is a waste of time

    And yes have a coded password for important account for easy retrieval

  3. The book and pen way to remember is still the best.
    It may be primitive but it is permanent, unless destroyed by a disaster.

    Have an exercise book to write down ALL your user IDs / user names and corresponding passwords or PINs. Categorise it — Bank, Investment, Email, Online Purchase, SingPass etc. Keep it in a safe place AT HOME, locked inside a drawer, or heavy vault if necessary.

    Each time you change your password, remember to UPDATE this book.
    You may want to let at least one family member know about this book (for an obvious reason).

    For anything that involves money transactions, I use ONLY my PC or tablet. Not in my office PC and definitely not in anybody’s notebook computer.


  4. Backed in my secondary school days, I took up vacation job at “R” Dept Store” for a while. In those days, things were not that advanced but yet secured in one way or two. “R Dept Store” used QU I C K S T E P & “X” (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 & 0) to denote cost prices and these were hand written on stickers pasted on their wares. This was only known by its staff. Especially during sales, staff counter checked mark down prices again cost prices so that they do not sell below cost.
    During my computer classes I taught and reminded students to use simple and easy to remember passwords for their email accounts. Besides, I had also strongly advised they write it down on records in event they can’t recall.
    Having simple pin numbers or passwords may not be vulnerable to hacking or easily expose. Much depends on how users safeguard its secrecy and their devices. How to safeguard own devices like laptops and cellular phones is a different issue.
    For me, I use simple pin numbers for banking accounts with internet banking arrangement. As for email accounts, I too use simple passwords. Simple pin codes and passwords may not be strong in strength. In my opinion, always choose something simple, easy to remember and appealing to yourself. There is a saying “if you are smart, you are not simple” and “if you are simple, you are not smart”.
    Here are some pre-empt measures. Install a reliable anti-virus program on your computers (including laptops, etc) and update it regularly. I always set this to manual updating not automatic. It’s small money spent versus big money lost or encounter endless unwanted problems. Do not lend your cellular phone to anyone you are not familiar with and make sure it’s within your sight should you do so. Always uncheck “remember passwords”.

  5. Terence,
    My coded DBS Saving is ITLS. Try figure it out. The word I used is only known to myself in memory. I will be changing the password after this, regardless if you figure it out.
    Jassimine Teo,
    You are right. Never reveal the 10 letter word used to form the coded PIN.
    Never write it down anywhere. Commit that word in your memory. There are more than 3 coding method which I only share two. Never reveal your coding method too. There are more than 20 such words I can think of which I will not reveal or share, since this forum is open to public. Maybe SHC members can come up with some themselves.
    Hew Lee,
    Agreed with all you said. But we live in a world with passwords and do need to memorize them . I just share with all a simple method. The coding method I used for Alphanumneric password is more complex than what I share over here.
    The point is with this method I no longer lose or forget the more than 30 password I need to remember for various internet login ( from stock trdafing platform subscription sites, even SHC or machines)


  6. In our domestic context, most common code breakers scan by norms, key words, patterns, etc. With the speed of computer processors now running at very high speed (comparable with the speed of light), it will only take a short time to scan through all logical words in a dictionary and in any known language.

    The key is try to be smarter than the computer, to confuse and fool them, the smart computer code breakers. How? – is a challenge any retiree can take on. Follow through all our IT sharing I am conducting in the library, and sometimes in community centres. Join our ITIG (IT Interest Group) and Coffee Meetings – it is free.

    There are many free sites that offer to check the strength of the password you are using now. Try this one from Microsoft:

    As an advice …
    Try to have your password with not less than eight alphanumeric characters and containing at least one upper case letter together with number(s) and special symbols.

    Good luck and enjoy …


  7. Hi Leon
    This is a good strategy to help the remembering of PIN etc. But there is a precaution to take to keep the coded PIN safe, especially if the coded PIN is going to be written down:

    NEVER reveal the 10- letter word used to form the coded PIN

    Now that you have made known the use of coded acronyms to hide PIN, it may not be safe from people who know about this coding system!……..Lol! Just joking!

  8. Leon,

    If what you say is correct and I believe it is correct, what is your coded password for your DBS savings account. If I can get it right, then your procedure is worth following.

    Terence Seah

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