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Poll: How many different passwords do you use?
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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Stretching my memory May 7, 2007

Since no one is actually asking me what my passwords are, I assume this isn’t a veiled attempt at phishing

I use 4 different passwords (only because security experts advise against using the same one for everything) but I don’t think I could possibly remember any more than that. A nice corollary question for people like me who use more than 1 would be, “How often do you forget one of your passwords?”


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Natalya Zelikova  Identity Verified
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roboform May 7, 2007

Use RoboForm (http://www.roboform.com) and you will be able to use unique passwords for all your sites

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Andrea Riffo  Identity Verified
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More than 5 May 7, 2007

They are usually variations of one another

John Cutler wrote:

A nice corollary question for people like me who use more than 1 would be, “How often do you forget one of your passwords?”


Very often


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Plenty. May 7, 2007

That's how it works in the US. Your bank doesn't want to see your face, the phone company doesn't want to deal with you in person and, oh hell! beware of calling your credit card issuer even if you want to buy additional services. Shudder..

So you do everything online, using quite a variety of passwords.

During the last couple of months I had the pleasure of translating a huge eLearning website about data security. I learned how hackers, fishers and social engineers work, to the detail. First thing I did was creating new passwords, making sure that none of them resemble each other and for heavens' sake, do not put your trust in one single website to manage all of your passwords, it sounds too good to be safe. The website might be nice and proper, just guess what hackers were waiting for.


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Natalya Zelikova  Identity Verified
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... May 7, 2007

Nicole Schnell wrote:

do not put your trust in one single website to manage all of your passwords, it sounds too good to be safe. The website might be nice and proper, just guess what hackers were waiting for.



Is there any such website at all?

[Modifié le 2007-05-07 17:21]


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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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5+ May 7, 2007

Simply because every single site insists on its own password format: some want at least 8 characters, others insist on at least one figure, still others make you change the damn thing every 6 months - and no, you can't go back to the old one! I appreciate it's for my own security, but it's a nightmare.

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Yves Ferrer
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please remind me? May 7, 2007

ProZ.com Staff wrote:

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Please can anyone remind me where I filed my passwords list? and how to open the page?
Yves


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Several ones May 7, 2007

Natalya Zelikova wrote:


Is there any such website at all?

[Modifié le 2007-05-07 17:21]


Several ones that offer safe data transfer, safe data storage and what not. Why would you allow other people to manage your passwords?


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Natalya Zelikova  Identity Verified
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... May 7, 2007

Nicole Schnell wrote:
Several ones that offer safe data transfer, safe data storage and what not. Why would you allow other people to manage your passwords?


I think I wouldn't... I just didn't know that there are such sites, where you have to keep your login info online...
I manage passwords with a programme (not online one, and not with a website).


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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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Password management tool May 7, 2007

It is called Darn! Passwords!
I can have as many passwords as I wish, random-generate them and drag and drop them where needed. Password data are encrypted, and I just need to remember one password to enter the tool.
After 2 years of use, I must have more than 50 different usernames/passwords.

Philippe


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PAS  Identity Verified
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A few... May 7, 2007

Like Andrea's mine are variations, but I still break the rules and use password combinations considered unsafe (dates, names etc.) At least I disguise them a little and throw in some extra stuff like capital and small letters in unnatural combinations and some non-letter characters.

Somehow I did not find Roboform helpful. I think the best way is to keep a piece of paper under your mattress with the stuff written down (I am serious - keeping a Word file on the computer is obviously not safe).

I managed to forget my passwords for some of my email accounts which I accessed through Outlook. I then tried to get to the accounts via the web site and surprise!

Pawel Skalinski


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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Why isn't a Word file safe? May 7, 2007

PAS wrote:

Somehow I did not find Roboform helpful. I think the best way is to keep a piece of paper under your mattress with the stuff written down (I am serious - keeping a Word file on the computer is obviously not safe).

Pawel Skalinski


Other than the fact that others may have access to your computer, why wouldn't a Word file be safe?

Just curious.

Amy


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PAS  Identity Verified
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That's reason enough May 7, 2007

Amy Duncan wrote:
Other than the fact that others may have access to your computer


That's the only reason. If you're connected, you're vulnerable.

P.A.S.


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megane_wang  Identity Verified
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Too many, but enough May 7, 2007

More than 5, for sure, and even more than 10. Because each site insists on putting their own rules to both user name and password.

I just entered one of those sites today, and the log in page insisted on me changing my old loved password by another with at least 1 uppercase, 1 lowercase, 1 symbol, 1 number.... HARGH! Now I have a new one to remember. I hate those paternalistic sites!!

... but I still tell my customers to develop their sites like that, so that a few Internet users may hate me a bit

I keep them in my head and, before today, I never forgot one (maybe I will start with that created today).

Ruth @ MW

[Edited at 2007-05-07 19:28]


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