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Password Fail: Are Your Workers Using 123456?
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Angelfuego
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Angelfuego,
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1/27/2015 | 9:43:45 AM
Re: memory classes anyone
@Sachinee, I suppose the Excel document suggestion is one way.
Angelfuego
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Angelfuego,
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1/27/2015 | 9:13:21 AM
Re: memory classes anyone
@Sachinee, Absolutely! You also have to be careful when you write down your password and where you place the list. Your security can be breached that way as well.
impactnow
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1/26/2015 | 9:29:13 PM
Re: Password standards

I agree forgot has become my standard since so many of the password standards are maddening one particular company has actually driven me to my phone to pay my bill because it is so maddening!

Joe Stanganelli
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1/26/2015 | 9:29:03 PM
Re: memory classes anyone
@vnewman2: It's been made into a book, too!
Joe Stanganelli
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1/26/2015 | 9:28:07 PM
Re: Password standards
I can't even remember the last time I remembered one of my particular passwords -- let alone what the password itself is (or, for that matter, ever was).  Now I just don't do anything on that website anymore because I got tired of resetting my password and promptly forgetting the new one.
Kelly22
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1/26/2015 | 4:44:44 PM
Re: Password standards
I feel the same exact way. Every time I sign up for something now, my password has to have special characters, numbers, upper and lowercase letters, a picture... it doesn't end! I get that it's for security purposes, but I end up clicking "forgot password" a lot more than I used to.
vnewman2
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1/26/2015 | 2:48:54 PM
Re: Password standards
@impactnow "In the last week alone I ran into a website that required 4 digit numbers only, one that required an 8 character password with at least one number and one upper case character, one that required a picture tag and a six digit password, and one that required your new password not be the same as your previous four passwords. Is anyone else screaming in terror yet?"

Yes.  It is maddening and a huge timesuck.  I used to be able to choose from a handful of potential passwords in my head before every website came up with some sort of random naming convention of their own - now I either have to look it up on my spreadsheet or play the "forgot password" game.
vnewman2
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1/26/2015 | 2:40:48 PM
Re: memory classes anyone
@JoeStranganelli - Clearly the folks at Best Buy don't frequent stuffonmycat.com

 
Joe Stanganelli
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1/25/2015 | 7:29:30 PM
Human passwords
Even better human-made passwords are still easily hackable because humans tend to pick predictably patterned passwords.  Some of the best passwords tend to be lengthy and computer generated.  Of course, they're also difficult to remember -- which is why several top security experts these days actually advocate for (not against!) writing down your password...so as to better enable more complex passwords.

Of course, don't write your password on a Post-It that's stuck to your computer monitor...
Joe Stanganelli
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1/25/2015 | 7:26:58 PM
Re: memory classes anyone
Re: "Cats are not hats"


I beg to differ.  www1.pictures.stylebistro.com/mp/x5iDv6ulAM2l.jpg

 

 
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