Motivational Passwords Are Your Daily Digital Mantra

We often think of computer passwords as utilitarian, if we even think of them at all; they’re ugly, unwieldy little burdens that exist only to keep our information safe. Mauricio Estrella decided to shift his thinking and use his passwords as a message to himself that he must think about every day.

My password became the indicator. My password reminded me that I shouldn’t let myself be victim of my recent break up, and that I’m strong enough to do something about it.

My password became: “Forgive@h3r”

I had to type this statement several times a day. Each time my computer would lock. Each time my screensaver with her photo would appear. Each time I would come back from eating lunch alone.

In my mind, I went with the mantra that I didn’t type a password. In my mind, I wrote “Forgive her” everyday, for one month.

Plus, it appears that unexpected combinations of English-language words in passwords are actually harder to crack than numerical gibberish. Find a message that is meaningful to you, and turn it into your own little secret mantra…

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

Sinnae Choi 

via Jason Kottke

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