Passwords...how to manage them?

  • rice_sandwich 30 Apr 2019 11:08:48 5,484 posts
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    I got an email to say that my long dormant Mojang account had the password changed. As far as I can tell the password was probably harvested from previously hacked site info that was dumped online.

    No harm done as the account didn't have anything important on it, so I changed the password, added security questions and then deactivated it for good measure.

    Anyway, that got me to thinking that I should probably do a check on the dozen plus accounts I have that deal with payments / financial info, and get into better security practices.

    Is it worth getting a password manager? I heard that one of those was hacked a while ago. On the whole I try to use unique random, hard to guess passwords but the disadvantage is that they are hard to remember. What do you all do so that it's not a total pain?
  • Malek86 30 Apr 2019 11:20:30 8,454 posts
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    I use the Safe In Cloud password manager. My life got a little easier since. You just gotta remember to update your passwords in the manager whenever you change it for whatever reason (ie. a security breach).
  • CrispyXUKTurbo 30 Apr 2019 11:30:11 1,887 posts
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    Both iOS and Android have built in password managers which I find do the job pretty well
  • Deleted user 30 April 2019 11:33:10
    I combine my passwords which make it that much stronger and easy to remember.
  • Rusty_M 30 Apr 2019 11:33:44 6,922 posts
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    Personally, I use LastPass, but I'm aware that does put all of my passwords at risk should that one be compromised.
  • GuybrushFreepwood 30 Apr 2019 11:46:46 956 posts
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    I use a notebook. I've got a randomised Google Password for each account. I can't find the notebook most of the time, so thieves have no hope ;)
  • rice_sandwich 30 Apr 2019 11:52:34 5,484 posts
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    @GuybrushFreepwood

    I have written down some of my most important passwords in a notebook so that various things can be accessed in the event of my untimely demise. Obviously if I get burgled then I might have a problem.

    A few weeks ago A guy I knew died and no one could access his password protected pc to get photos and other things of sentimental value. So I guess security goes both ways.
  • Deleted user 30 April 2019 11:57:05
    To make an easy password, use for example Life is Strange is a Smartass again times 2.

    Thus

    Lisiasa*2

    Make a story of your password
  • thelzdking 30 Apr 2019 12:03:07 9,366 posts
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    Password1234

    The capital "P" is what makes it unbreakable.
  • chopsen 30 Apr 2019 12:05:20 20,501 posts
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    Keepass 2, with the file stored on OneDrive. Works with other cloud storage wossnames as well.

    A single encrypted file that you have control over.

    Synchronises across android and windows (via being stored on onedrive).

    Has a build in password generator, autotypes them in etc.
  • Deleted user 30 April 2019 12:05:42
    But seriously, that's how I remember my passwords.
  • Deleted user 30 April 2019 12:06:28
    You have to find a way to make a sentence, you will NEVER forget and intregrate it in your new fancy password.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 30 Apr 2019 12:06:29 8,680 posts
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    P@ssw0rd, noob.
  • Malek86 30 Apr 2019 12:12:33 8,454 posts
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    I just use 12345 for everything. My suitcase, too.
  • d_h1234 30 Apr 2019 12:23:41 139 posts
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    Or use 54321 for extra added security and peace of mind.
  • HarryB 30 Apr 2019 12:26:38 7,429 posts
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    Lastpass as it's free for mobile tablet etc too and does autofill with your fingerprint

    I setup random passwords that are like 20 characters

    Still get daily PSN password reset attempts though
  • Deleted user 30 April 2019 12:26:42
    https://haveibeenpwned.com/
  • Deleted user 30 April 2019 12:27:33
    It's safe. But is your account?
  • Zyrr 30 Apr 2019 12:57:46 376 posts
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    Chrome has a built in password manager these days. I used to use Enpass, which is great, but I'm lazy and having the option in Chrome makes password management completely effortless.

    Not entirely sure how secure it is mind, though my Google account is 2-factored with an authenticator.
  • AboutHalfaStevas 30 Apr 2019 12:58:45 1,705 posts
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    It always feels like as soon as I put my account into that website, it'll mysteriously get owned within a week.
  • Deleted user 30 April 2019 13:03:19
    xD
  • Deleted user 30 April 2019 13:03:49
    At the end of the day, whe are the idiots.
  • hedben2013 30 Apr 2019 13:28:08 1,087 posts
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    LifeIsStrange wrote:
    To make an easy password, use for example Life is Strange is a Smartass again times 2.

    Thus

    Lisiasa*2

    Make a story of your password
    This, but also including the website you're logging into. So for your example, mine would be like:

    Life Is Strange is logging into Google again * 2

    I found one of mine using this method on haveibeenpwned.com though, meaning I had to redo the acronym for all of them and consider using a proper password manager
  • Deleted user 30 April 2019 13:30:45
    Why have a password manager. If we are well capable think for ourselfs.
  • hedben2013 30 Apr 2019 13:31:53 1,087 posts
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    Wait, haveibeenpwned asks for email address? Was there ever a site where you input your actual password to see if it had been pwned, or did I dream that?

    Edit- I didn't dream it, probably just been moved off their front page
    https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords

    Edited by hedben2013 at 13:32:44 30-04-2019
  • Deleted user 30 April 2019 13:33:43
    Common sense its a contradict
  • Deleted user 30 April 2019 13:34:51
    hedben2013 wrote:
    LifeIsStrange wrote:
    To make an easy password, use for example Life is Strange is a Smartass again times 2.

    Thus

    Lisiasa*2

    Make a story of your password
    This, but also including the website you're logging into. So for your example, mine would be like:

    Life Is Strange is logging into Google again * 2

    I found one of mine using this method on haveibeenpwned.com though, meaning I had to redo the acronym for all of them and consider using a proper password manager[/quote

    No one, is going to hack you, unless you are.
  • Deleted user 30 April 2019 13:55:11
    hedben2013 wrote:
    Wait, haveibeenpwned asks for email address? Was there ever a site where you input your actual password to see if it had been pwned, or did I dream that?

    Edit- I didn't dream it, probably just been moved off their front page
    https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords
    They're here to help hedben2013

    Edited by LifeIsStrange at 13:57:22 30-04-2019
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