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How to create a new Google Account
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What you’re about to read will undoubtedly be one of the most important thing you’ve ever read.
You’re probably saying to yourself… “Really? One of the most important things I’ve ever read? Give me a break”.
Keep reading and at the end of this article, tell us if you think we’re wrong.
In today’s world, your password is the key to your life. Think about it for a moment – we use passwords for virtually every web site we visit. Our privacy, our finances and more, hinge on this thing called a password.
When it comes to your email, understand that your email address is not a secret. Everyone and their mother knows your email address. So if you really put things into perspective, the only thing stopping someone from access your “life” your email account or any online account for that matter – is this thing called a password.
What if someone had the password to to your email account, online bank account, server password? Think about the damage someone could do. Imagine waking up one morning only to discover that all your emails since the dawn of time, have been deleted. Or thousands of dollars have been siphoned from your bank account. Scary thought isn’t it? It’s enough to make anyone who cares straighten up and get tense.
While nothing in this world is perfect – except for my ex (well, at least she thinks she is). There are certain things you can do to minimize the horror of someone accessing your life – your online information.
Since most every web site you visit today has you log in for one reason or another, we’re always asked to create an account and to choose a password. Keeping track of those passwords becomes a chore and most people make the grave mistake of doing one or both of the following..
1) We either start using the same password for multiple sites or..
2) We write down our passwords
What we’re about to show you is how to make sure that every web site you visit will always have a unique password, you’ll never have to write it down, nor will you ever have to remember it. Does this sound too good to be true? Keep reading.
Similar to World War II where the United States and other Countries spent a lot of money and lost a lot of lives trying to break the German’s encryption codes or Cyphers. What we’re going to do is to suggest that you create your own cypher or password scheme. Your new password scheme will become your personal password manager.
To explain this, you and I are going to create a very simple password scheme. Before we begin however, let’s make a few assumptions…
1) Today is January 1, 2017.
2) Your birthday is February 2, 1974
3) Your best friend’s name is George
Let’s get started and follow along closely.
Pretend for a moment that you’re at Amazon.com trying to make a purchase and they are asking you to choose a password for your new account. To do so, we’re going to use a very simplistic password scheme.
The password you’re going to give Amazon.com is going to start with the first 3 letters or numbers of their domain name or web address from the web site asking you to create a password for.
Since it’s Amazon.com, the first part of your password is going to be: ama
Don’t forget that all passwords are case sensitive.
Next we’re going to add the month and year you were born so in this case our password thus far will be: ama0274
Next we’ll add the first 2 letters of George’s name capitalizing the first letter of his first name so that our password thus far will look like this: ama0274Ge
Next we’ll add a piece of punctuation, in this case a dollar symbol then either a 01 or 02 to the end of the password. The 01 or 02 represents which half of the year we are in. So since it’s January, we’re going to use zero then a numeral 1 to the end of the password so that it looks like this: ama0274Ge$01
Ten minutes later you decide to make a purchase at Walmart’s web site. I hope to God you don’t shop there, but let’s say you did. They too are asking you to create an account and to choose a password. Using the same “Password Scheme” the password you’re going to provide to Walmart would be: wal0274Ge$01 (since it’s still January, the first half of the year, you’ll continue to use the zero 1 to the end of the password).
So to recap…
The password you’ll use at Amazon.com will be: ama0274Ge$01
The password you’ll use at Walmart.com will be: wal0274Ge$01
Note how both passwords are uniquely different.
Now let’s fast forward time. It’s now December 20, 2017 and you want to purchase a gift for George at Amazon.com. You go to Amazon.com and try logging in with the password: ama0274Ge$02 since it’s now the second half of the year. What happens? You get an error letting you know that the password you used is incorrect. You then try using ama0274Ge$01 and it works! The reason I’m having you choose to include the 01 or 02 as part of your password scheme is that EVERYONE should be changing their passwords at least twice per year! So before you leave Amazon’s web site, be sure to change or update the password for their web site to now use your new password of ama0274Ge$02 and save your new password.
Personally I prefer to update my passwords every quarter therefore my passwords include either a 01, 02, 03 or 04 as part of the password.
Let’s stop here for a moment and make sure you fully understand what you just read. If any of it sounds confusing, then go back and re-read what you just learned.
In the examples above I had you create a very simplistic password scheme as your new password manager. The reality however is that I would never want you to use the password scheme we just used. I simply used the example above just to help you understand the premise of how a password scheme works. The example we used above is much to obvious.
Let’s assume for a moment that some IT manager from Walmart did something really dumb and he knows he’s going to get fired tomorrow. He’s pissed off and he wants to retaliate by taking his problems out on one of their customer and decides to pick on you. Depending on his level of security, he possibly has access to your password and can see it. He obviously can also see your email address. Unlike computers, we as humans have higher brain functions. We can visually see things that computers would have a harder time with. In the example above I had you use the first 3 letters or numbers of the web site you were visiting. If some jackass from Walmart could see your password, they could easily see that your password started with a wal.
What’s to stop that bonehead from going to Google, since he and everyone else knows your email address, he could try logging into your Gmail account and use the password of: gma0274Ge$01 and get access to your email account assuming you used this simplistic password scheme for your Gmail password. Are you with me?
Out of all the online accounts you need to protect the most, it’s your email account.
Think about it for a minute… if someone had access to your email account, they could start off by changing your password thus locking you out of your email account. Search within your email account to find out who you bank with. Then start requesting the passwords from all your financial institutions, your social media accounts, your retirement accounts and so on. Then go to those sites and request a password reset and change all your passwords for those sites as well. If that were to happen, it’s game over as you know it. It makes identity theft look like child’s play! If you’re one of those thinking.. “Well I doubt that would ever happen to me” – think again. It happens all the time.
So instead of using the password scheme we used above, a much better password scheme would be something like this…
Take the first 3 letters of the web site you’re visiting and reverse them. If it was Walmart, start with the L in caps. Then the month you were born 02. Then the second letter of the web site which is an a. Then a dollar symbol $. Then the first two letter of George’s name Ge. Then a zero 1 or zero 2 depending on which half the year you’re in. Then the last letter of the web site you’re visiting which is actually the first letter or their web address a w. And lastly the year you were born in this case 74.
So what we end up with if you were providing a password to Walmart would be this: L02a$Ge01w74
If it was Amazon.com, then the password we would provide to them would look like this: A02m$Ge01a74
Let’s looks at these password one on top of another:
Note that even though we have higher brain functions, it’s a lot more difficult if not impossible to parse out or visually see the first 3 letters of the web site we’re using because they are now embedded into the password scheme and reversed.
The next step is for you to sit down, grab a piece of paper and a pen and to ask everyone to please leave you alone for a little while. I don’t want you to be distracted and need you to concentrate on this very important task. Create and write down you’re own unique password scheme. Get creative using what you just learned. Once you’re written down your password scheme, start by visiting your email provider and your financial institutions and updating your current password for those sites using your new password scheme.
After you’ve updated 4 or 5 web sites with your new password using your new password scheme, it only a matter of time before you start to remember it without having to refer to the piece of paper where you wrote it down. Once you’ve memorized your new password scheme, take that piece of paper which has your password scheme written on it, and burn it. So that the only place that password scheme is kept is in your brain.
If you’re thinking that this is wonderful and useful, you’re not alone. In fact, this article is referred to by thousands of other web sites when trying to educate their own customers on choosing a password or protecting themselves online.
Sadly our company flags thousands upon thousands of requests for assistance. Unfortunately more than 80% of the problems we hear are password related issues. If everyone on this planet created their own unique password scheme and used it, that 80% would diminish significantly.
Here is another valuable tip. When it comes to your Gmail or Google account password, NEVER elect to “Stay Signed In” when logging into your Google or G Suite account. The few seconds it takes to type in your password is great insurance in the event someone gains access to your computer or if you borrow someone else’s and forget to log out. By never electing to have your web browser store your password, you’re forced to type out your password using your new password scheme thus reinforcing that you don’t forget it. Be electing to sign in automatically and having your web browser remember your username and password, it creates vulnerabilities. Don’t ever have your browser store your email password! Take the 2 seconds to type in your password yourself.
Here are a few more useful password related tips:
Never use the same password for everything! Never use the same password for everything! Never use the same password for everything! Do I need to repeat that again? Good.
Any web site which has access to personal and financial information such as banks or email accounts, should use a password scheme reminding you to change or update your password each quarter.
Consider using 2 Step Verification from those sites which offer it such as your Google account. If fact, go get your Premium GmailHelp.com Membership if you don’t already have one, then come back to these support videos and go watch our video on setting up 2-Step Verification. It’s a very good tutorial and has a lot of useful tips.
Using “Bosco” as your password is not advisable. Sorry Seinfeld lovers, that was just too tempting not to throw that in 🙂
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