Password Help

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In this day and age, you can’t be too careful online. You have to keep your information safe, by choosing unique, impossible-to-guess passwords. Here are some tips sent in by Daniel to help you stay secure.

  • Don’t use familar names or dates as passwords. Take the time to create a password that is totally unique and yet is still rememberable for you, and only you.
  • Use all parts of the keyboard. For example, instead of using a word, use a series of characters on the keyboard such as two lower case, two upper case, two numbers, and two special characters like ! and @. Also, try to use the entire keyboard, not just one small area. This may help prevent a hacker from lucking into your password.
  • Don’t write down your password! The execption to this is in the event of emergencies. Create a list of passwords for use only in an emergency, such as the bank or possibly important websites that can help authorities find you in the case of and emergency ie: myspace or twitter. Do this with the greatest caution. Seal the list in a security envelope, and sign the seal. Place that into another larger envelope, and seal and sign. Only give this list to someone who you really trust like a spouse or parent.
  • Change your password often. I change my passwords every six months or sooner. The longer you stick with the same passwords the more vunerable they become. Also periodically delete your cookies on your computer. This will prevent someone accessing your info because the computer remembers your password. Never use the auto fill features of the internet browser. This is just plain unsafe and leaves you open for identiy theft.
  • Finally, don’t use the same password for everything. If a hacker figures out that password, he will gain access to all your password protected areas. Have a plethera of passwords to choose from that are not simualr to each other. Also be careful when using a password generator. Never give out personal info to generator sites, and make sure the generated password meets or exceeds all the other criteria.

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31 thoughts on “Password Help”

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  3. I use a elegant app for OSX called” 1password” it works great. The app puts the passwords in the OSX keychain.( this is an encrypted storage location)

  4. well an easy way to remember your password and also keep it a secret is to put a random number at the end. an easy way to do this is to make a random math equations (ie. x^2+48x-15/x-2 just something random) and plug your favorite number into the equation (x=your favorite number). then write down you equation several times on different pieces of paper and hide them. if someone finds the piece of paper than they will think that it is a random equation or part of your homework…well i hope this helps.

  5. point 3 is a very good one, as i know people who have there password write down on a piece of paper and even worse one of them has it on a sticky note thing under her keyboard, there’s probably more people out there that do this and your password should be for only you to know cause your password in the wrong hands could lead to in some situations You losing money

  6. Chris is absolute right. I’ve seen how easy it is to find a subject’s password (have not tried myself, but have researched how out of curiosity). What happens is, you download a program (which I will not name) and you grab packets of info coming out of a network (which includes your password while logging into server). Then that packet is imported into another program which then decodes possible combos using sensible language. Password such as “password”, “computer”, “internet” would take less than 5 minutes to crack. Password such as “computer56” would take few hours. While password such as “Computer56” would take days. “Cmpter56” would take years! As you can see, adding number, caps, and making your password not a sensible word, will make it nearly impossible to hack. It’s still possible, but takes a very very long time, and thats why its recommended to change you password once in a while.

  7. Chris this was a good video. Especially about the part of using special characters. Whisper is an open source program that stores and encrypts all of your passwords.

  8. I needed this because I have kept the same password since I started using a PC but that hasn’t got my no type of identity theft.

    It might be because I barely go around the whole internet signing up for things I shouldn’t. Great tips, makes me want to change my password lol.

  9. I used to always use the same password but in different variations thats all i can really say without giving too much away. Recently i have been changing all my passwords since i realized that one of my “banking” accounts had the same password as one of my messengers which kind of freaked me out, so i changed all my passwords and am very happy i did since the next day that messenger program, was to be believed taken over some how. All my contacts were gone and my messaging name had been changed which was very very freaky. Anyways, awesome tips as usual. I should show this to my parents. They definitely need some password tips like most nontechie people.

  10. Great tips. This is one of the hardest things when making accounts, is making a new password.
    You might also want to add,
    Never put your username and password that you use on many sites for “Registering” on a fan site of a game, show host, etc.
    Putting your password and username you use on that game in the fan site would be very easy for the “hacker” to get into your account.

  11. Hey Chris,
    I just thought I’d add something to this one after getting my e-mail and MySpace password “hacked.” One HUGE issue you could have is: if you notice someone has gotten your password repeatedly, there is a good chance you may have spyware on you computer. Before you let the person get any more of your passwords, you should do an intensive spyware check. Although the password/key loggers aren’t that hard to find, sometimes they can make their way past some anti-spyware if you only do a “quick” check.
    To wrap it up, if you find that someone has been into your account, not only change your password, but also do an intensive spyware check.

    Just thought I’d share what happened to me so I could help other people!

  12. I really can not stress enough on telling people to have different passwords!

    One thing I like to do which I am sure many other people might do also is making my password by using a word and change some letters with numbers and signs.

    For example:
    Technologic change it up a bit – T3chn010g1c
    dangerforall change to – [email protected]@11

    Also try to use 8 characters or more. Makes it a bit harder for intruders or “hackers.” Also make sure to change your passwords every couple of months. If the websites has ‘password recovery questions’ I also suggest you change those when you change your passwords. Thats kind of all I can think of at the moment so yea. E-ya later!

  13. people are idiots. my friend likes hacking accounts (he doesn’t really do anything its just
    a hobby of his) and he finds that people have the stupidist passwords. i have the most RANDOM password of all time. i don’t even know where i came up with it. no one could ever hack me =D

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