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(BusinessWeek)   A password so secure, you don't even know what it is   ( divider line
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2012-08-07 10:38:08 AM  
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Unobtanium: The sound of one hand clapping: My biggest problem with passwords for me personally is that I can't remember them all.

But seriously, does anyone here actually remember all their passwords? I can't be the only one with near to 30 passwords considering that everything is online these days and needs a password. Anyone have a better solution that just writing them down?

No, you are one of many. Another maddening issue is the different password standards - no special characters and case insensitive, on a bank (!?) website. Meanwhile, other accounts require special characters, but not THOSE special characters (they're too special, I guess).

I use a password generator/keeper, but I'd like to also have the option for two factor authentication for everything. I have it for my g-mail and yahoo accounts.

another way is to have a common base part to all your passwords, then something specific to the purpose.

example: Base part: yellow55

then for logging into espn the pass is: yellow55espn
logging into wells Fargo bank account: yellow55wells

this should cut down on memorizing 30 some odd different codes. Still doesn't get you around the problem of different sites only using special characters, only numbers, one capital & and one special, yada. Try to come up with a base part that has a little of each, then just write down the restrictions that each site has to help you remember.

I had a password card at work that has all the things I need passwords for and next to each server/service I have written down the restrictions/requirements for the password for that site. If someone steals that card, all they know is that serverX requires an number, uppercase and lowercase but no special characters.

/csb it was the 30-day time for a new password, so I created one that started with "@". entered it and locked up the server. I got a response from IT asking what I had done, explained it and they told me not to do that (with the attitude of why would you do that, don't you know that the software treats @ as a command.). I kindly replied "then why don't you tell us users what characters we are and are not to use for this server."
2012-08-07 04:06:16 AM  
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wildcardjack: And if you work at a certain defense contractor in the DFW area, back in the NT days we used JacNb0x as the admin password on Windows desktops. I haven't been to that site since the USS Cole got bombed, but I bet most of your desktops have that admin password to this day.

The military installation I worked at had ridiculous password requirements for our high side accounts. To the point where people just used cascading keys to create a password that could easily be remembered...

stuff like 1qaz!QAZ2wsx@WSX

Our NOC was locked away behind a pin accessed door (kept us from having other people in the building bother us unless they filed a trouble ticket). Default passwords or extremely easy passwords on all of our server crap and the pin for the door was a 9 digit keypad but had only four buttons with a noticeable amount of wear (because these were the 4 buttons used for the combo)
2012-08-07 03:18:11 AM  
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Abner Doon: I always thought that Kiln People was a far superior book. Would probably even make a decent movie. There's lots of action; a strong, fairly focused plot; and the whole dittos thing would be really easy with some colored makeup.

No, it being Hollywood, they'd just CGI that sh*t and it'd wind up looking like the Will Smith version of I, Robot. If Hollywood would let some of these talented writers have more creative input, then sh*t like The Postman wouldn't happen.
2012-08-07 02:30:37 AM  
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Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I keep my computer password the same as my luggage code. It's foolproof.

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2012-08-07 02:28:23 AM  
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I keep my computer password the same as my luggage code. It's foolproof.
2012-08-07 02:15:56 AM  
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