I know. It’s infuriating. Every site wants a log-in and a password.
It’s tempting to use one username and one password for every site, but that’s a disaster waiting to happen. If you go that route, what happens when your username and password for one site gets leaked? Yup…. if you’ve used the same log-in credentials for everything, somebody who has access to one thing has access to everything.
Here’s a way around it – use a consistent pattern for your passwords rather than a consistent password. Make it something you can remember but tough for someone else to guess. Make it something with letters, numbers and punctuation so it’s likely to meet most sites password requirements. Make it something that changes for each site you need to log in to.
For example – start with something random and memorable like ‘Tiger!123’ and add the name of the site. That would mean your Google password might be ‘Tiger!123Google’ and your Apple password would be ‘Tiger!123Apple’.
See how that works? You get something you can remember but anybody else would have a hard time guessing, and it’s different for every site, so compromising one doesn’t compromise all of them.