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Susan Fourtané
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8/31/2016 | 3:05:40 PM
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You made me laugh with that, Joe. I wonder if someone ever had their passwords on their computer screen. A screensaver with all your passwords should look nice. :D -Susan
Joe Stanganelli
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8/31/2016 | 2:50:49 PM
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This is why many security experts recommend writing passwords down now.  Not writing down "password1", of course, but having a much more random, much longer password with some real entropy in there, and writen the password down in a truly safe place (i.e., not in or on your desk or on your computer screen).

In this way, it's very easy to keep your passwords *at least* as safe as your wallet.
Joe Stanganelli
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8/31/2016 | 2:47:59 PM
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Long-dormant accounts can be an especial security problem indeed -- particularly where the user has forgotten that those acccounts existed to begin with, and ESPECIALLY where the user reuses and recycles passwords.
Susan Fourtané
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8/31/2016 | 2:24:44 PM
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Hehe, Technorati. :) Actually, not yet. I'll do it now before I forget again. -Susan
Susan Fourtané
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8/31/2016 | 8:11:31 AM
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I wonder if changing the password to whatever day it was plus a number worked for her. -Susan
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8/31/2016 | 8:05:04 AM
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I think I was one of those early adopters, Technorati. :) I just don't remember when was that I signed up for the account. That long it has been. -Susan
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8/31/2016 | 8:02:32 AM
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Password re-use is sometimes innevitable. If you have, say, tens of accounts it's really hard to always remember every single individual password. Bio-passwords should be more common. As for Dropbox, I signed up for an account years ago. I used it for a long time. Then I stopped. I remembered about it not long ago, I think thanks to an email Dropbox sent me. -Susan
Joe Stanganelli
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8/30/2016 | 10:40:38 PM
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@Michelle: The expert advice I've heard occasionally -- and I adopt myself -- is for companies to have in their employment agreements a passage that states that the password belongs to the company, and anyone who gets caught using a company password on another system will be fired immediately.

Realistically speaking, it's a practically unenforceable line item -- but it sure gets people thinking about things.
Joe Stanganelli
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8/30/2016 | 10:38:38 PM
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Four years is probably a pretty long time to go without changing your password.

Of course, at the opposite end off the spectrum are overly oppressive IT departments.  One woman I know used to just use whatever day of the week it was plus a number or something whenever IT would do its all-too-often rounds of "CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD NOW BECAUSE WE SAY SO."
Joe Stanganelli
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8/30/2016 | 10:37:32 PM
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@Whoopty: It's just life, I guess.  It sounds crazy to us, but it's real, regular, everyday life.

True story: I got a picture from a loved one via text message yesterday -- a picture of a sticky note on their co-worker's monitor.

The sticky note said: "Username: [firsrt initial + last name]" followed by "Password: Password123."

Once one gets past the obvious head-shaking wonder of that, the greatest and most absurd part of that, to me, is that this person felt the need to write "Password:" before what their password was -- as if writing "Password123" by itself without any additional context might confuse them.


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