Let's All Vow to Use Strong Passwords in 2013

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Mighty BOB!

Everybody loves monkeys.

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TheMiddleman

... or not. I notice you fail to mention that the biggest cause of compromised user accounts came from mass hacking of the websites themselves, which stole thousands of login credentials at once.

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illusionslayer

The article's about bad passwords, not the cause of account loss.

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whr4usa

+1

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livebriand

I'm surprised no one mentioned this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6iW-8xPw3k

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Keith E. Whisman

I use the best password known to man, a birthday and name of someone I know with 2 capitol letters. I haven't got any emails telling me of suspicious password attempts since I started using this method.

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whr4usa

I sincerely hope you're kidding!

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illusionslayer

Although he's very obviously being sarcastic, he doesn't really need to be as you imply.

I purposely keep my friend's list short, and with this method I could easily have a password that's too hard for even people with all the necessary information to guess, and harder to brute than your average password as it will have mixed-caps, numbers, and at least one symbol.

JohnJanuary,Smith1 for instance.

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whr4usa

actually I think you'd be surprised how quickly even *that* password would be cracked but I agree with you (though I honestly wasn't certain he was being sarcastic)

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AngledVision

The launch code is...... launch code. Its fool proof!!

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jedisamurai

I'm fond of the pass-phrase "January Subliminal Denomination". Reference to the original Mission Impossible series. Haven't used it in many years though.

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jedisamurai

Actually password: "Master" is a reference to the original TRON film. It's Dillinger's password.

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LatiosXT

I've been trying to advocate the use of "pass phrases" rather than words. Phrases are as easy to remember, longer, and complicates matters if you salt it a little. Even if you used plain English with say 5 words, that's still 5^10000+ combinations of English words, or at least 20^60 for brute forcing characters.

However, some websites still insist that we stick to 6-12 alphanumeric characters.

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Electrik

My Dad's passwords are on sticky-notes attached to his monitor so he doesn't forget them. Bless the ol' man!

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TrollBot5000

See that's exactly what I pointed out as one of the worst things you can do.

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The Corrupted One

My new year's resolution is 1080p.

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whr4usa

ss64.com/passwords/

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Corfy

I'd be lost without KeePass (and its varients). I have KeePass on my Windows work computer, KeePassX on my Linux computer at home, KeePassDroid on my phone, and Portable KeePass on my flash drive, not to mention a copy of my database on Dropbox, Google Drive and Box. Considering there are over 200 passwords stored in my database, I don't know what I did without it.

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pastorbob

Ditto on the KeyPass plug. I use it for all of my accounts online. What's sad is how some sites limit passwords to short lengths and only certain characters thus limiting the strength of the password. And it some major sites that are doing this.

But KeyPass rocks for sure.

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TrollBot5000

how does keepass differ from lastpass?

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TrollBot5000

"look the only man that even has a chance at pulling off this mission has been crucified, resurrected, and ascended to heaven over 2000 years ago. "sir we don't have any other choice hes the best man we have!!" Coming this summer from director Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale it's the second coming of christ in "Operation Shadow Jesus" . Rated R

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TrollBot5000

Yeah mine is like most tech minded people's a series of alpha numeric characters and it's important for anyone working in IT to educate normal users in a professional environment on not using any of the above passwords. For home use yeah the best thing to do is use lastpass and make the master password complex as well. I remember a good while ago lastpass got hacked and users with similar to the above passwords were the only ones that got dictionary hacked. One rule to follow is to never ever write passwords down and leave them where other people could find them.

Coming in 2013 from Director John Woo and starring Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and introducing Paul Lilly in "Monkey Dragon Ninja Master" This film is not yet rated...or real.

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Andrew.Hodge

Master? Is this some vague reference to Sn'M??? I guess we know what you use your computer for...

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ddimick

1) Install LastPass. Have it generate a unique random password for each web site you use.

2) Get a password card from http://www.passwordcard.org/en. Use this for your LastPass master password.

3) Enjoy the bliss of knowing you're immune from dictionary password attacks. But don't get so complacent that you never change passwords.

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TheStewardess

PASSWORD
GUEST

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kitsunekaji

"password" as a password is so nice, they had to list it twice! lol
Many routers and the like, use that as their default password, so it should be around for a while.

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