Can't change password back to what it originally was
If you password is something like: 6yhn&UJM (type it out, it's not that bad). Then Amazon is am6yhn&UJM. Ebay is eb6yhn&UJM. Gmail is gm6yhn&UJM. Etc.
It's just not that big of a deal to create a unique secure password. The risk is if anyone figures out your pattern, then you can be in trouble. But there are refinements you can make for that too.
I hae been facing the same issue and find this rule absolutely awful!
Yes, it's a pain, but you you make a new better formula and start updating sites.
But in reality, the most important thing is to make sure your e-mail account has a unique password not shared with any other account. While it's not advised, you can do sharing in other accounts, but not for your Gmail account.
I agree with having letters and numbers etc, but not that you can't use a password that you've used before. if you have told it to no one then you have the confidence that it is secure. Trust me, having worked for a large social network, I know that the minute you start over complicating things for people, they leave your service. Not everyone is a clever or apt as you or I.
You have to build things for stupid people if they are to be aimed at the masses.
Now I can't reuse my very good, secure yet well-memorized pass, and have yet another bloody thing to remember.
@bkc56: "you make a new better formula and start updating sites" - i suppose so, but in effect, google forces you to change the pass on all of those sites if you follow some pattern.
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