Protecting our passwords, and our sanity

  • Article by: Katie Humphrey
  • Updated: November 6, 2013 - 8:53 PM

As our lives have become digitized, the number of passwords we juggle has exploded.

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morninglorieNov. 7, 13 8:45 AM

There is a software program for this issue - it is called password safe and it's the best thing for keeping up with all of your passwords. Use it - love it.

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aventhusedNov. 7, 13 9:16 AM

So not Pa$$w0rd then?

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darkelfNov. 7, 1311:14 AM

1Password, done.

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dahutysNov. 7, 1312:26 PM

I wish companies would get rid of the weird character requirements and let you have 50-character passwords, so that you can use actual phrases that are easier to remember. Someone trying to hack your account will guess you might use your son's name and birthday. But they probably wouldn't guess your password is "ihateamericanhorrorstory" or "AstaireIsBetterThanKelly". And yes, that's a lot of letters to type, but if you REMEMBER the phrase, you don't have to constantly waste time resetting or looking up forgotten passwords.

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u4775Nov. 7, 13 1:37 PM

Having spent a long time in the business I think having 50 passwords is ridiculous. What's the point? Have about 6-8 passwords but make them complex based on something known to you from when you were younger. Those memory triggers stay with us even after we get dementia. Use the passwords you create for differing levels of security, one for the many unimportant nuisance sites like logging into the Tribune, and one each for different levels of importance, one for brokerages, one for banking, one for Amazon, one for Ebay/Penpal etc. As for changing them regularly, I again say, for what? If no one has guessed it by now, your chances are equal for the one you are using and the one you are now recreating, so why even bother? If your password get cracked or stolen, you are going to find out pretty fast, but for only one class of your online activity. I have complex passwords that are as old as the browser, and still use them today.

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MongooseBNov. 8, 1311:34 AM

They're not guessing, they're using cracking software that goes through the dictionary to generate every possible word combo. Passwords are all crackable with the right software, but adding numbers, capital letters and symbols takes you from 26 possibilities for every character in your password to 75 or so. That's the difference between 308 million possible passwords to 117.9 billion possible passwords for a 6-character password.

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