Nowadays, it can be catastrophic to forget your password for the computer or an online account. Unfortunately, it happens to everyone at one time or another. With all you have to do every day, it's easy to forget about it especially if you have to juggle several different passwords for all your accounts. Once you forget about it, there isn't much you can do to get it to reappear in your head, even the site in question will give you a hard time getting it back. Before you condemn it to oblivion, take the time to think about your password choices to try to reactivate the memory of the forgotten combination of letters and numbers!
Part 1 of 3: Remember your password
Step 1. Review your other passwords
Assuming people forget only one at a time, it might be worth trying other passwords you use regularly. Even though people have become accustomed to using different passwords for different accounts, the same password can often be used for multiple accounts.
- If you are not sure, you may not have forgotten your password, but you may have only forgotten that a certain password corresponds to a certain account.
- Remember to try the old passwords if you have opened the blocked account for some time.
Step 2. Start with the obvious combinations
Start sifting through the dungeons of your memory trying the most obvious answers. This is especially true if you have no idea what your password is or if you are trying to guess it from scratch. Try to find what might have come to mind first. Some passwords like "password", "cheeseburger" or your name are very easy for hackers to crack, but if you think you've chosen that kind of combination, you've at least found something that will be easy to remember..
- There are also very popular combinations like "12345", "abc123", "azerty" and "password". The anniversary date is also often chosen.
- If you think you've been smart enough to add something to it to keep it from being too easy, try different basic encoding methods. For example, you might have used your name and year of birth, but spelled them backwards.
- Most password-protected systems will require you to enter at least one number. Try out any words you could have used with a 1. Otherwise, people often add their year of birth at the end.
Step 3. Remember your life when you chose the password
In most cases, people draw inspiration from their lives and their surroundings to choose an impenetrable combination. If you can remember when you created your account more or less well, try to remember it and remember the important factors that might have influenced your choice. Were you in a relationship at the time or did you have a pet? It might help to take some time to think about it when trying to remember it after you've forgotten it.
- You may also have put the name of your hometown, your favorite sports team or the name of your best friend.
- You don't have to put pressure on yourself when trying to remember it or you'll get the opposite effect. The human brain has a much harder time retrieving information when under pressure, which is why you need to relax, breathe, and remember that it's not the end of the world.
Step 4. Make sure you type it without mistakes
Each time you enter the combination, you need to make sure you write it down correctly. Sometimes you just have to keep the caps key pressed for your correct password to not be accepted and you will think that the correct answer is not correct! Since passwords most often appear as asterisks in the corresponding box, it's important to be careful what you type to make sure you're entering the correct one.
This tip is even more important if you are at the password selection stage. If you confirm it by making a mistake, you are unlikely to find it again in the future
Step 5. Do meditation
Even though this option may seem like the most difficult when you're stressed out about losing your password, you could access the guts of your memory by relaxing through meditation. Sometimes the most effective way to remember something is to not think about it. Take a deep breath and gradually release the frustration that is inside you. You won't get anywhere if you continue to be anxious or angry. You have to focus to achieve a state of inner peace.
- While you may not be able to fully relax just to remember something, it is possible to remember it once you get your thoughts clearer.
- It might also help to go for a run or exercise. Your mind tends to function better when your body is in motion!
Step 6. Purchase and use software to crack the password
There are programs designed specifically to recover lost passwords. Although they are most often associated with hackers, legitimate companies also recommend their use to regain access to his computer. Download the program to another computer, put it on a CD or USB stick for use on your own computer. The program will infiltrate your system and find your account data there. This process is automatic and very fast. If you've forgotten your computer password, this is a quick and inexpensive solution.
- These programs are only designed to retrieve passwords for operating systems such as your Windows account. You cannot use it for your online accounts.
- Even if you have every right to use this kind of software on your own computer, it is forbidden to use it to find personal information on the computer of a third party, it could get you a lot of trouble.
Part 2 of 3: Finding Your Data
Step 1. Try the "forgot your password?" Link. " If you've done all you can, but still can't remember it, it might never come back to you. It doesn't mean you've lost your account forever. Most sites offer an option to retrieve your password. Click on the link and follow the necessary steps to find or change it.
- If the problem is not located on your inbox (for example on Facebook), it will be rather easy to find it. An automatic confirmation will be sent to you by email and you will be able to choose a new password.
- Some mailbox services (like Outlook) allow you to associate a second email account to reset your password. If you have another mailbox that you have associated, it will be very easy for you to reconfigure it.
Step 2. Answer the secret questions
If you are trying to access your mailbox and have not linked other accounts, you could also reset the password by answering your secret questions. Many email accounts will ask you for the answer to private questions (eg the name of your first pet) to prove your identity. Click on the appropriate link and answer the questions that appear on the screen.
- While this won't help you remember your password, you have a better chance of retrieving it.
- Unfortunately, many people don't take these questions seriously and forget the answers faster than their password!
Step 3. Contact the site administrator directly
Even if you will not be able to find your password by contacting the administrator of the site where you are blocked, they may still reset it for you. Although you will need to provide proof of your identity, some services will give you back access to your account if you send them a message or call them.
Keep in mind that this verification process can take a while even at the best of times, which is why you should be patient if you choose this solution
Part 3 of 3: Avoid forgetting it in the future
Step 1. Find a combination of characters that you can remember
There are many reasons for forgetting your password. First off, you might have thought about it when creating it, or you picked one that was too complex to remember. While you are making it more secure by making it more difficult, you also need to make it simple enough to remember it. It's going to be hard to find something unique that you can't forget, because overly obvious answers (like your city name or your name) are easy to guess.
- Try to mix up several words that you will easily remember. Your pet's name on its own is a bad choice, but if you pair it with another unrelated word, like your favorite food or favorite comic book character, you make it safer.
- When you think about the combination, most sites have an indicator that informs you of the safety of the combination you have chosen. Although this is still a rather vague tool, you should try to achieve the highest degree of security. Add symbols or numbers to increase the level of security.
- You can also remember it more easily by making up a mnemonic acronym. Write the first letter of every word in a sentence you can remember to create a word that doesn't make sense. For example, the phrase “Friday is my favorite day” becomes “LVELJQJP”. "My favorite music is jazz" becomes "MMPELJ". You can use this system for any sentence as long as there are enough words to meet the minimum number of characters, usually eight.
Step 2. Write down the passwords and keep them in a sealed envelope
While you may need to choose passwords that are easy to remember, you can also write them down on a piece of paper and keep them in a safe place if you think you might forget them. Close the envelope and do not write anything on it or write anything to fool the curious eyes. That way, if someone finds it, they won't think it contains anything important.
If you are really worried about losing it, you should consider giving it to a trusted friend or loved one. This solution is not recommended, however, because it means giving up control of your accounts and therefore your personal data
Step 3. Use password management software
If you use different ones for each of your accounts, you might find that it is difficult to remember them. Fortunately, there is software that allows you to fill in the necessary information. However, this software can be expensive, usually between $ 20 and $ 40. The price might be worth it if you want to stop worrying about the risk of losing or having your passwords stolen.
- Since this software does all the work for you, you can afford to choose more complex combinations without worrying about forgetting them later.
- Alternatively, if you are looking for a free solution, you can always encode a file on your computer that contains all of your passwords. This way, you will only need to remember one.
Step 4. Take it as seriously as the information it is supposed to protect
Obviously, your online bank account password is much more important than your blog password about your beer capsule collection, but in general you should make them harder to crack if the associated account is important to your life or well-being.
Although symbols and numbers can make combinations that are more difficult to crack, it will also be more difficult to remember. You have to find a balance between complexity and your ability to remember it. Don't choose something on a whim, even if you think you can remember it, and if you do, write it down on a piece of paper before putting it away where no one can find it
- The best way to remember your choice is to make it a good one, you need to make sure you think about it so you don't have a hard time remembering it.
- If you're having trouble remembering your passwords, it could also indicate more serious memory issues. Either way, there are exercises to help you improve it. By training this function of your brain, you limit the risk of forgetting your safety choices in the future, and you will also reap many of the benefits of having a good memory.