You Can Only Enter if You Remember

My latest hotmail.com sign in attempt wasn’t easy to pull off because I couldn’t remember exactly how to enter the password. Experts recommend that users should never use the same password on multiple sites, and to add different letters in upper and lower case and different characters to make the password harder to crack. I followed these steps to give me a more secure password, but this made it harder for me to remember the exact sequence of characters needed to enter the password. I didn’t write the password down, so I was stuck trying to enter it for 10 minutes before finally just giving up.

I had to request a password reset and then I made up a new password for the account. This time I wrote it down just in case I forgot. I created a blank text document and entered the user name and password for the account and saved it. I realized that I might run into the same problem in the future with my other accounts, so I entered the names and passwords for all the ones I could remember in the same text document. For the ones I couldn’t remember, I did resets on the passwords.

I thought my method for storing my user names and passwords was a pretty good idea, but it was actually primitive compared to the other solutions that are already in existence. Multiple people have created password managers that can store user names and passwords and enter them into websites with the click of a button. This eliminates the need to rely on the human brain to remember all of he login information for multiple websites, and is more convenient than having to scan a document for the information and copy and paste it. It can even change passwords on the fly.

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