Password Management Strategies

Gateway / M-6862
April 4, 2009 at 17:29:27
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2 GHz / 4093 MB

In the past I have used the same password for all my accounts. However, I just realized that it may not be safe. What are the best strategies for password management?

Dedicated password manager? Write them on paper? Record them in a file?



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April 4, 2009 at 18:05:51
Don't leave them in a file on your PC. That's for sure. Having them on paper in a safe place is ok.

You're correct in thinking that all accounts should not have the same password. There are a million papers on how to choose what's safe, easy to remember & hard to guess, so I won't repeat it all here.

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April 4, 2009 at 18:10:34
Hi jjfz3000,

Password managers on your computer are not safe. This is not necessarily because the software is malicious, but rather because they can be compromised.

It is best to use passwords like: m*2nF8.%3n.bL6Fn4, however these are almost impossible to remember for most people. You could write these down but you must remember to keep them in a safe place.

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April 4, 2009 at 19:32:42

_ Mary had a little lamb , its fleece was white as snow +

This is an easy method to create complex passwords... It can be made even stronger by continuing the nursery rhyme and replacing the periods (full stops) with symbols.

You can use nursery rhymes, song lyrics favourite phrases or part of speeches... anything you want really.

Using this method allows you to keep the password anywhere you please, I use my cell phone and if anyone looked through my contacts list or saved messages alot of it would be cryptic to them. If I had used the above example in my phone I would simply have a saved draft message that says white wool window _,+

I never need my cell phone for reference to remember the password, but it is comforting to know if I do forget any I can easily retrieve them.

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April 4, 2009 at 19:52:14
That's pretty good btk1w1.


Free your mind, your a** will follow.

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April 4, 2009 at 20:07:17
Cheers Guapo.

Lol... The password strategy used at its finest! I especially like the use of symbols at the end.

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April 4, 2009 at 20:27:52
I just improved it. How about



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April 4, 2009 at 20:49:17
Lol... Yep, that one could well be... uncrackable

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April 5, 2009 at 05:34:58
Is "unCRACKable" a play on words? The crack part that is.

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April 6, 2009 at 06:40:57
Lol, Yeah it is a play on words, I viewed the ( | ) as a bum crack. It is a prime example of my often cracked sense of humour.

I apologise if I have confused the situation further... demographics, living down-under, the humour is often quite different.

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April 6, 2009 at 06:51:38
There are no apologies needed for having fun.

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April 22, 2009 at 02:34:53
I know how difficult it is to manage passwords because I keep forgetting them. Few months back I came across a tool called Billeo – a password management toolbar which saves passwords for any online website. I was reluctant to try it in the beginning as I was not sure how safe it was to give away my password and other details. But I was totally convinced with their security features as passwords are kept on my PC as encrypted data. Saved pages are encrypted and kept on the Billeo servers. Also I have been using it since 4 months and have not faced any security issues and it has made my life easier.

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April 22, 2009 at 06:50:55
I don't trust toolbars in general. They are insecure, BHOs being part of the problem. I have the Google toolbar & probably shouldn't have that either.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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