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Dropbox Urges Users To Change Old Passwords

Data from a 2012 breach has resurfaced, leading to fears that the information could be used to compromise accounts. IT managers using a new Dropbox feature don't need to worry, but they still have to guard against employees' bad password hygiene.

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Michelle
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8/31/2016 | 9:38:01 PM
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@Joe I'm waiting to read all the headlines for even more breaches resulting from reused information. I wonder how many folks are ignoring the warning message from Dropbox and continuing to reuse that password on other accounts. 
Michelle
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8/31/2016 | 9:33:48 PM
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@Susan it's unfortunate you remembered your long unused account after the message they sent. I'm sure there have been many others who had a similar experience.
Technocrati
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8/31/2016 | 5:32:13 PM
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@Susan   lol  That would be inventive and it might work.  The most obvious is sometimes the best means of hiding.
Technocrati
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8/31/2016 | 5:30:35 PM
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@Joe  Good point.   Though it is surprising to hear security experts recommend this now but I guess if you are really making unique passwords than you really do need to write them down.

 

I have used Password Vaults for this in connection with my work, but personally I have not used this type of service.  if it is free, I would use it but I don't need another bill if it comes down to it.

Technocrati
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8/31/2016 | 5:26:30 PM
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Hehe Susan,   Way to go.   I am sure you are not alone.  I am sure I have a dormant account out there that I should be checking too.  : ) 

Susan Fourtané
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8/31/2016 | 3:05:40 PM
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You made me laugh with that, Joe. I wonder if someone ever had their passwords on their computer screen. A screensaver with all your passwords should look nice. :D -Susan
Joe Stanganelli
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8/31/2016 | 2:50:49 PM
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This is why many security experts recommend writing passwords down now.  Not writing down "password1", of course, but having a much more random, much longer password with some real entropy in there, and writen the password down in a truly safe place (i.e., not in or on your desk or on your computer screen).

In this way, it's very easy to keep your passwords *at least* as safe as your wallet.
Joe Stanganelli
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8/31/2016 | 2:47:59 PM
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Long-dormant accounts can be an especial security problem indeed -- particularly where the user has forgotten that those acccounts existed to begin with, and ESPECIALLY where the user reuses and recycles passwords.
Susan Fourtané
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8/31/2016 | 2:24:44 PM
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Hehe, Technorati. :) Actually, not yet. I'll do it now before I forget again. -Susan
Technocrati
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8/31/2016 | 12:47:32 PM
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Susan,  Well I hope you have changed your password....    : ) 
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