I recently moved from Massachusetts to California. The process of packing and unpacking all of my belongings has inevitably influenced my digital life, inspiring me to look over and reorganize every corner of my backup drives, updating and consolidating old files and directories. At some point I came across a text file where I write my login information every time I create a new account on a website. I am used to create a different password every time, usually based on combinations of insults in different languages—I find those easy to remember—and special characters when it’s required. Overwhelmed by the clutter of usernames and passwords, I decided to take some time and rewrite the contents of that file in a more readable format.
The following image is a low resolution rasterization of the result, where each line contains my login information for a different web service. Lines are clustered in categories like “social”, “travel”, “banking”, and so on. There are close to three hundred entries. I am only active on around a third of them, and when I reviewed each account in the browser, I realized a number of them didn’t exist anymore as functional websites. Luckily, none of the deceased contained data that I cared about.