How to Remember a Password You Forgot

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One of the keys to a successful password is choosing a word, phrase or numerical value that you can remember. For example, a password to an online bank account won't do you any good if you quickly forget it. If this sounds familiar, don't worry just yet. There are a few helpful methods you can try to remember the password and gain access to your accounts again.

  • Use the "Remember My Password" feature on the site (if available). Certain sites require you to select a "Challenge Question" when you originally set up your password. This question typically asks for information such as your mother's maiden name. Providing the correct answer prompts the site to display your password for you.

  • Try common passwords that you use for other sites. A lot of people use the same password for more than one site, though this is never a good idea, as hackers who get your password for one site have it for all your accounts. If you use three or four passwords across all of your online accounts, start going through the list of those passwords to see if one works for the site you're trying to access.

  • Put yourself in the mindset of where you were on the day you originally set up your password (if you can remember it). Think back and try to remember big events in your life or things you were interested in at the time. For example, if you originally set up your online banking account shortly after the birth of your first child, that child's name may have been selected as your password. Try these common names, phrases and numerical combinations to see if one was used as a password on the site you're trying to access.

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