Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 10th Nov 2012 07:28 UTC
Bugs & Viruses If you want to ensure you have adequate passwords but don't have the time or interest to study the topic, there's a useful basic article on how to devise strong passwords over at the NY Times. It summarizes key points in 9 simple rules of thumb. Also see the follow-up article for useful reader feedback. Stay safe!
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Anonymous Penguin
Member since:
2005-07-06

Indeed, it wouldn't work for me. I am very bad at remembering long strings of random characters, including telephone numbers.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Me too. That's one hell of a skill he's got. I have to maintain a few text files to keep track track of my passwords; partially because I've got so many, but also because they're all pretty long and complex, and many of my important ones are similar but subtly different so they couldn't be used across accounts even if they were cracked.

Then again, I never made an attempt to remember my passwords and I tend to just use the web browser's password manager most of the time. The main exception here is on my phone; I would never store any passwords on a computer I take everywhere I go that I could easily lose, forget somewhere I go or have stolen.

That said... I am considering eventually attempting to remember my three Google account passwords, because it's kind of a pain when I am automatically logged out for my protection and I'm basically locked out until I get home to check my password files. ;)

By the way... any Google users, if you have important data on your account, it would be a good idea to use Google's two-step authentication. Works with any phone, though probably best with a cell phone (text message) or, even better, with the Google Authenticator app.

Edited 2012-11-11 04:56 UTC

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I had an eidetic memory as a child; I remember being able to read an entire encyclopedia page and recite it back with about 95% accuracy at six years old. Unfortunately it started fading away as I got older. I still recall a lot more than the average person after reading a passage or string, but it's a shadow of what I could do as a child.

Still, it's good enough to remember important alphanumeric strings. My limit is about 35 characters, give or take, and it helps if it's a pattern that I recognize. That's why I use the VIN/license key combo; I deal with VINs daily at my full time job and reinstalling Windows 98 every few months made it easy to recall that key. I also tend to memorize phone numbers, my credit and debit cards, and other pattern based strings very easily.

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