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Poll Results: Which Manager do you use?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 4% of voters (1)
    I voted for more than one Password Manager
  • 41% of voters (10)
    I have more than 15 accounts that use Passwords
  • 0% of voters (0)
    I have less than 15 accounts that use Passwords
  • 41% of voters (10)
    I use LastPass
  • 16% of voters (4)
    I use KeePass
  • 0% of voters (0)
    I use RoboForm
  • 4% of voters (1)
    I use DashLane
  • 0% of voters (0)
    I use DirectPass
  • 4% of voters (1)
    I use both LastPass and KeePass
  • 4% of voters (1)
    I use a Physical and/or Digital documents that needs decryption using a Cipher.
  • 12% of voters (3)
    I use an Algorithm similar to what Plan9 and others have suggested ( Post #9 for Plan9 )
  • 12% of voters (3)
    I Remember each unique password mentally
  • 12% of voters (3)
    Other(s) please specify
24 Total Votes  
post #91 of 128
Quote:
Originally Posted by Plan9Β View Post

^ that
Not really. I've lost count of the amount of times I've seen people leave their password on a post-it next to their computer (and sometimes even leave a short description for that the password is for!)

I didn't mean on a post-it next to a computer where everyone can see. I meant in a book that is kept in a locked draw or something like that.
post #92 of 128
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrews2547Β View Post

I didn't mean on a post-it next to a computer where everyone can see. I meant in a book that is kept in a locked draw or something like that.

So what do you do when people are in the room? Do you tell them to leave so that you can read the password without them seeing? tongue.gif
post #93 of 128
Quote:
Originally Posted by Plan9Β View Post

So what do you do when people are in the room? Do you tell them to leave so that you can read the password without them seeing? tongue.gif

Or you can just not log in until they leave. Chances are, if they need to be written down the passwords are going to be too difficult to remember. If you can't remember them after having them for a few weeks, I doubt that person/people will remember it after seeing it for a couple of seconds.
post #94 of 128
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrews2547Β View Post

Or you can just not log in until they leave.
Not always practical. Eg you're buying something and need their advice.
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrews2547Β View Post

Chances are, if they need to be written down the passwords are going to be too difficult to remember. If you can't remember them after having them for a few weeks, I doubt that person/people will remember it after seeing it for a couple of seconds.
What about if you get robbed and your notebooks gets nicked?

The problem with having passwords written down is you're still just storing them in clear text. So they're really no safer than storing them in clear text on your PC. Where as solutions like LastPass are cryptographically secure (ie the passwords aren't stored in clear text) and with my solution the passwords aren't stored, period (not on the PC, in the cloud nor on physical mediums).

By the way, I don't mean to come across as argumentative. I'm just playing devils advocate since this is a highly important topic and I think it's good to get people thinking about the draw backs as well as benefits of their systems. After all, complacency is your biggest enemy smile.gif
post #95 of 128
Quote:
Originally Posted by Plan9Β View Post

Not always practical. Eg you're buying something and need their advice.
What about if you get robbed and your notebooks gets nicked?

The problem with having passwords written down is you're still just storing them in clear text. So they're really no safer than storing them in clear text on your PC. Where as solutions like LastPass are cryptographically secure (ie the passwords aren't stored in clear text) and with my solution the passwords aren't stored, period (not on the PC, in the cloud nor on physical mediums).

By the way, I don't mean to come across as argumentative. I'm just playing devils advocate since this is a highly important topic and I think it's good to get people thinking about the draw backs as well as benefits of their systems. After all, complacency is your biggest enemy smile.gif
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post #96 of 128
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Write the passwords in lemon juice!

But what if the stolen laptop heats up and reveils the lemon juice biggrin.gif

rolleyes.gif

This topic is turning into a paranoia topic for me thumb.gif

I'm just happy with the fact that I switched my 8-lenght password (just 7 letters and a number) into 21 characters (letters, numbers, symbols, upper and lowwer case)

For me it feels safer and it took 25 years of PC use by me for the first time they hacked somthing from me...

If this new password protects me another 25 I'll be fine wink.gif
   
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post #97 of 128
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This topic is turning into a paranoia topic for me thumb.gif

It's only paranoia if attackers aren't trying to steal peoples login credentials. But seeming as they do and it's a large, profitable, business on the dark net, I'd say a certain degree of paranoia is justified when it comes to keeping your online accounts secure.

It's a bit like saying "why bother keeping my house keys safe - it's just paranoia" tongue.gif
post #98 of 128
why not put all your passwords in an incredibly small 256bit AES encrypted .ZIP file (.zip has this feature amongst other compression formats) and use a nice 12 digit password to open it?

its not fancy with sync and stuff, but then again its about as secure as last pass and can be placed in a folder on your phone or even better inside one of your other most memorable sites .. your email as we all remember at least a few key passwords then its double safe. as a file to download and open when you get stuck.

You trash your machine, just download the file or keep it on a usb pen / phone until you rebuild your comp.

unless you change passwords all the time, but making some changes every 3 - 6months isn’t much of a hardship to edit a text file.

Other than that I think Plan 9's suggestion was the most sensible.
Edited by Pip Boy - 4/25/14 at 5:39am
post #99 of 128
I vote for pen and paper as well. Of course mine would be stores in my place of residence, so chances of it being misplaced or stolen are low.

To bump it up a notch, laminate the paper and toss it in a 'stubborn box'


Good luck getting it back out though biggrin.gif
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post #100 of 128
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Originally Posted by Valor958Β View Post

I vote for pen and paper as well. Of course mine would be stores in my place of residence, so chances of it being misplaced or stolen are low.

That depends on if someone robs your house and is at least a little bit interested in the passwords.. of course they would need to know your name and email address which makes it even harder and then they would need to of been after something specific in the first place ( Like bank details) which usually require a bit more security than just a simple password.

But yea, if someone wanted the money out of your bank and was willing to go to jail for it you would have to be rich and have lots.. therefore unless your very unlucky and get a low balling but semi-smart theif who doesnt even know if you have paper passwords then Id say the best way is to get a fireproof box with a key and put your passwords on paper.. memorize them and then rotate new ones every 6 months ((if they are semi-strong ones it would take 30 years to crack them anyway))

So paper & lock box FTW. .

but that all depends on your personal situation .. university, college dorms or rental house with no bedroom locks then No. But your own apartment or home or parents then yes.

and as anyone will point out, if you have a decent password then online attacks arent really a worry its offline attacks from sniffed data that would be on a weak password.
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