Discuss: Internet Password Strength

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July 18, 2014 at 05:58:50
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Microsoft's researches have suggested it is better to use weak passwords on sites that don't have personal information. Discuss here if you think this is good advice, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
July 18, 2014 at 13:12:37
I can see what they are driving at, although it is perfectly possible to have a number of passwords (which is still safest) if folk take the trouble to organise themselves. It seems as if the increasing user friendly nature of technology is breeding people who will come into their own when computers need no intervention at all on the part of the user.

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#2
July 18, 2014 at 20:04:26
I agree with Microsoft to a degree. Where you can run foul though is using the same weak password for multiple accounts.

For myself, I create complex passwords that are easy to remember.

My method is to use an easily remembered phrase such as a nursery rhyme, national anthem or song lyrics etc. take the first letter (or second letter) of each word for your password. If they have a number in the sentence it is good, use the numeral. Capitalise the noun(s). Throw a symbol in beginning and end for good measure and you have a very strong easy to remember password.

Below is an example of an easy to remember but strong password:

!3bMshtr*

Anyone guess the nursery rhyme?

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#3
July 18, 2014 at 20:21:47
Three Blind Mice see how they run.

Good idea btk1w1


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#4
July 18, 2014 at 20:34:59
Nice one! Thanks Ewen :-)

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#5
July 18, 2014 at 20:58:24
Oh, I thought it started with '3 buxom maidens' but then I couldn't get the rest. Well, shows where my mind's at.

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#6
July 18, 2014 at 21:13:52
Lol DAVEINCAPS

I couldn't help myself, I needed to Google your nursery rhyme. The results were.... Impressive.


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#7
July 18, 2014 at 21:28:16
Yeah, it's one of the lesser known nursery rhymes. I just forgot how the rest of it goes.

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#8
July 19, 2014 at 10:53:44
For sure - I've often used variations on a constant theme for ease of memory - heh, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to still login here after so many years of being... well, away (of my own volition, fwtw).

Justin can probably tell (although I'm sure that he wouldn't) just how weak my password is here (and definite thanks go to Justin, for not deleting my account) - although Google Gmail says my password strength is "strong" - which I doubt, since I'd just thrown in a non-alphanumeric character.

At one time I'd used a password manager for the various logins I'd accumulated - it's a workable solution, and I would think that their functionality has only improved since bitd.

Hi guys!!

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real.


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#9
July 19, 2014 at 18:39:16
Here you go:

Three blind mice. Three blind mice.
See how they run. See how they run.
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
As three blind mice?


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#10
July 19, 2014 at 20:48:35
Ahhhh. That takes me back Ewen.

Did all nursery rhymes from my youth (and much earlier) have a dark theme?


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#11
July 19, 2014 at 21:10:38
No, I was thinking of the '3 buxom maidens' version (or did I make that up?). Besides, 'cut off their tails with a carving knife'? That's just animal cruelty.

Hey, Jboy's back from the Shaolin monastery in China where he was learning Kung Fu. (Or did I make that up too?) Well it's about time you got back. I hope you're not returning to a sinking ship.


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#12
July 19, 2014 at 22:48:14
Did I see jboy in Kill Bill?!??

Hi, I don't believe we've met.

I too have been away from computing.net for an age. I saw the computing.net historical link you posted. I really liked how it looked back then.... Ahhhh the yellows.

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#13
July 20, 2014 at 05:41:30
jboy? To steal a line from "Escape from NY" - I thought you were dead

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#14
July 20, 2014 at 11:39:55
Good to see the name jboy pop up on the forum again after all this time.

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#15
July 20, 2014 at 15:32:16
I seem to recall reading somewhere that most "fairy tales" generally had a dark(er) side in the Victorian era - both in the UK and Europe...

And many nursery rhymes often were political in content too; with oblique (satirical at times too) references to current affairs and people in the news...

The grand Old Duke of York is said to refer to one who did just that - and lost a battle?

Likewise Ride A-Cock Horse was very oblique reference to a very erotic event involving some "famous" personage with dubious morals and tastes... (Can't recall who it was though; which might a good thing just now...)


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#16
July 23, 2014 at 03:59:53
I use a mixture of upper case and lower case. So it's more secure..

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#17
July 23, 2014 at 09:45:26
Re #13

It was Mark Twain who said:
"the report of my death was an exaggeration"

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#18
July 30, 2014 at 17:37:10
Hey - " I thought you were dead"

... yep, I get that a lot - as Plissken said: "Yeah, you and everybody else."

"the report of my death was an exaggeration"

... ita - - Hiya Derek!

Hey, DAVE - heh - no Kung Fu, but plenty of changes, for sure - as to a sinking ship, hmmm - I suppose it's true, you really 'can't go home again' - sure is quiet here, but the world seems to have moved on. Computers may have changed, but computing theory hasn't (yet).

Hello, btk1w1 - no, haven't had the pleasure, pleased to meetcha. - the "Kill Bills" were great, but alas, I was not involved. So that this isn't totally OT, sure, the old site did have its charms, but the new bells&whistles are kindof neat.

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real.

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