Jul 21, 2014

Use Your Master Password to Achieve Your Next Goal

We’re all about productivity and efficiency here at LastPass, so we were intrigued when we heard about someone who had used their password to help them achieve their goals. In his recent post on Medium, Mauricio Estrella shares his insight that passwords can serve as powerful daily reminders of our goals, and motivate us to actually follow through with them.

After a divorce, Estrella took his boss’s advice and changed his password to a motivational phrase. Since he would have to type his password every day, he decided to use it as a reminder of the changes he wanted to make. He first wanted to forgive his ex-wife so that he could move on, so he changed his password to “Forgive@her”.

“It was obvious that I couldn’t focus on getting things done with my current lifestyle and mood. Of course, there were clear indicators of what I needed to do - or what I had to achieve - in order to regain control of my life, but we often don’t pay attention to these clues,” Estrella said in his post. “My password became the indicator.”

The daily reminders from his passwords not only helped him forgive his ex-wife, but also helped him achieve other goals he set for himself over the following months, including quitting smoking and saving for an international vacation, as you can read in his full story over on Medium (warning: strong language).

It seems then that there’s some truth to using passwords to reinforce your goals, and what better way to get yourself started on changing your life than using something you have to type every day anyway?

So we’re giving it a go with our LastPass master password, with a long passphrase (using multiple character types, of course) that serves as a daily reminder of something we’d like to achieve, too.

Have you used a password to motivate yourself? Do you think you’ll give it a go? Let us know in the comments below.

9 comments:

  1. Genius idea. That's one way to motivate people! Love using LP :)

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  2. Just a long phrase is NOT secure. This is a terrible idea.

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  3. LastPass recommending using an insecure master password? Wow. That's a new one.

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    1. We definitely agree that Forgive@her is not a secure password :) A long passphrase with multiple character types will be best!

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    2. Thanks for the reply.

      It's my understanding that generating your password is the only way to create truly secure passwords. Hence why 1337 substitution is less secure than four truly randomly selected real words: http://xkcd.com/936/

      See also:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Password_strength#Password_creation

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    3. PassPHRASE is not the same as Password. Many, if not most places where you usually enter your password would not support the length required for a _secure_ passphrase. So you would end up with just a short dictionary-attack-vulnerable password.

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    4. mxx - that's an excellent point! I never thought of that. It's surprising how many important (aka financial / social media) sites only allow 12 or 16 chars.

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  4. Password Length + Type = Strength
    https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm

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  5. You need to use a secure password full stop, I use this site:
    www.secure-passwords.org.uk
    you can generates secure passwords of different complexities.

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