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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Bad memory
by Yehppael on Sun 11th Nov 2012 19:38 UTC
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I have a bad memory, very horrible.
So, this is what I do, I split myself into three online personas.

One I use for games of any kind, always, and I mean always the same password, if they get hacked, I just have them send a mail and reset it. Never needed though, because virtually nobody cares about the games I play.

The second, is for my alternate life online, for this I have yet another password, but I add a number to the end and change it for every site I need.

Third, the RL persona, the one that I use the least, but care for the most, I almost never use it for trivialities, except to establish a personal and professional presence online.

Emails, I have a gmail account for each, none are linked to eachother in any way.
The first one, has a password, based on the one used for games.
Second address, same thing.
and last one, the most important has 40 characters, azAZ09.

But what's the most important, is the fact that other than the email passwords and the one I use in games, I don't memorize anything else.

Because I keep the browser open 20-30 days nonstop, I actually can't remember a password I used only once weeks ago, so, it's password recovery most of the time.

“There is a very, very small handful of people who can get away with saying that they will only trust a password management system that they build themselves,” the company wrote in a blog post. “You should definitely not trust a password management system that you develop yourself.”

Found this on the net, after a simple search. My guess, people only need to read the manual.

$ echo 'Hi Alice! Please bring malacpörkölt for dinner!' |
$ openssl rsautl -encrypt -inkey >message.encrypted

Despite what you might hear on the news about "hackers", it's actually quite easy to encrypt things that even alphabet soup agencies would need months if not years to de-crypt.

Oh, and a word to the authors for articles about password security, stop blaming the victims, and blame the websites and the various systems with poor security because they're the ones doing the most damage.

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