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  • Password Proliferation

    I'd like to hear how people manage all their online identities and the resulting proliferation of user IDs and passwords.

    How do you balance convenience and security?

    Do you have a system for changing your passwords?

    Do you frequently use the same user IDs and passwords in different places?

    Where do you keep this information so you can find it when you need it, but not risk losing it/someone else finding it?

  • #2
    I know somebody that do this...

    All his passwords start with the same 3 letter and then 3 same letters in the page and then 3 numbers.

    Example:
    Yahoo mail:
    Name: John Williams Doe
    Numbers 123

    Password:jwdyah123

    In my case I have diferent types of passwords, for security purpuses I have a different password for emails, accounts, work, and a list in my Palm.

    For non important stuff, I use the same password.

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    • #3
      i use a couple of different passwords for personal stuff...

      1 for secure needs, like shopping or banking, 1 for general surfing
      the secure one is alphanumeric but i use a rule that combines initials that are imporatnt plus the 4 month & date digits of a date that is important. the initials are not mine but someone i won't ever forget & the date is important to me but obscure. for example, the date of the first moonwalk... you pick one. i use this for all secure surfing. if i ever feel i have to change that 1 password, i'll use the same rule.

      general surfing: i was once asked to enter 2 unrelated four letter words, the site then combined them for my password. i liked the idea & have used it for everything since.

      business passwords are required to change every 90 days in my org. that was tricky but now i use a date related rule for the numeric part & keep using the same 3 letter alpha part.

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      • #4
        Re: Password Proliferation

        I use: http://sourceforge.net/projects/passwordsafe/ for managing my personal password.

        Work passwords are managed by an algorithm of characters, numbers, and special characters.

        Most of the work systems require passwords to be changed every 90 days. I don't change my personal ones very often.

        I have the same userid most places but the passwords are always different (this is considered a information assurnace best practice).

        Steve

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        • #5
          PasswordSafe

          Good post Sholden, I also use Password Safe and have used it flawlessly for years. Highly recommended.

          Here is the homepage.

          http://www.schneier.com/passsafe.html

          A Palm version would be nice

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          • #6
            I use Yaps (Yet Another Password Safe).

            <http://www.freewarepalm.com/database/yaps.shtml>

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            • #7
              A computer program isn't much use to me at the moment, as I'm not connected at home.

              The only time it's really a problem is when I want, e.g., to order a book from a site I haven't used in months or years.

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              • #8
                http://keepass.sf.net

                Many of the programs can also be placed on a usb stick so you can take it with you. What I like about this program is that it is a single executable and it has a decent interface.

                Originally posted by student
                A computer program isn't much use to me at the moment, as I'm not connected at home.

                The only time it's really a problem is when I want, e.g., to order a book from a site I haven't used in months or years.

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