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Old 08-23-2011, 01:37 PM   #21
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Everything I sign up for has different (and often mutually exclusive) requirements for passwords. Some can be covered by my favorite three, but many cannot.
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:55 PM   #22
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I only use 2 PW's one for sensitive stuff, the other for who cares.
I have a similar system but with 4 security levels, most secure being for computer systems I administer. However, unfortunately, the passwords I originally made up don't always satisfy the requirements of various sign-on systems these days, so I have to make up variations. For a time, I used an application for Firefox called "Lastpass", which keeps all your passwords on a remote system, supposedly encrypted and secure. It worked fine. But I got nervous about someone else having all that information about my online life, so I gave that up.
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One of the first things we USNA plebes had to memorize was our student ID number. My passwords are all variations on that number.
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Another pain are the sites that won't let you reuse the same password you have used in the last 5 or so times.

I had read somewhere about a good technique: have one password that meets the most requirements and then just add the letter of the site you are visiting, so every site has a unique password but easy to remember.

Base password: ronnieboy14
Password for Amazon: Ronnieboy14a (if cap letter is needed)
ER.org: ronnieboy14e
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Another pain are the sites that won't let you reuse the same password you have used in the last 5 or so times.

I had read somewhere about a good technique: have one password that meets the most requirements and then just add the letter of the site you are visiting, so every site has a unique password but easy to remember.

Base password: ronnieboy14
Password for Amazon: Ronnieboy14a (if cap letter is needed)
ER.org: ronnieboy14e
etc.
That sounds like a pretty good technique. Just make sure the base password is hard to crack, maybe add a bit of l33t speak to Ronnieboy, e.g., R0nn13b0y. I do something like that using the first letters of a passphrase I can easily remember (e.g. "every good boy deserves favor," but not that one) .
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This is what I do. For example, the password for my account for the Epocrates website begins with an "e" (the rest of the letters is the same "root" password).
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I had read somewhere about a good technique: have one password that meets the most requirements and then just add the letter of the site you are visiting, so every site has a unique password but easy to remember.
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I was discussing this with a friend today. He mentioned a tip from Gibson of spinright fame - add a few periods or numbers to an otherwise weak password to make it impervious to brute force attacks all you need to remember is the easy password and the followup. You could do something similar by using easy to remember passwords with the same complex addon to all.
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I keep unique passwords in my PW safe but there are only 6. All the rest of the sites get my standard ID (seen here) with 2 standard variants and a standard PW with letters and numbers. Sometimes the PW is capitalized (first letter only) and sometimes the last numeral is replaced with a letter. All the non-standard PWs are put in my safe in case I need it.
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My UK bank (HSBC) is about to enter a 2nd level of authentication using an electronic device I'll have to carry around

This second level involves me, as part of logging on, entering a PIN (of my choice) into the gadget which will then generate a code I'll need to use to complete the log on process.
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My UK bank (HSBC) is about to enter a 2nd level of authentication using an electronic device I'll have to carry around

This second level involves me, as part of logging on, entering a PIN (of my choice) into the gadget which will then generate a code I'll need to use to complete the log on process.

Brings back memories. Had one of those gadget thingies back when telecomuting from home for w*rk.

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Brings back memories. Had one of those gadget thingies back when telecomuting from home for w*rk.

Just when you are almost out, they pull you back in
Yep, I did too.

I guess the work nightmares will start again shortly.
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