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Okay, I typically use the same password for most things (i.e., forums and e-mail addresses) and it's 7 letters/numbers long.

I've been told recently this isn't a good idea. Another thing I like to do is use the same alias/login/user name for almost everything I do. Is this a bad thing as well?

Is it a better idea to use a different password for everything? Why is this, if so? I would think using the same one for forums and the like wouldn't matter, 'cause they don't give out your PW anyway.
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because if someone finds this info out and they notice the consistancy...they can get into so good info on u, like bank websites and other confedential stuff,i say for just important things use a random username and password, but things like this site and other free memberships... it shouldnt really matter because there is nothing to losse really
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How many letters/numbers/characters should a PW be? I know there are PW cracks out there, but I heard they get baffled easily by longer chained things.

Then again, I doubt anyone will bother doing that to me.
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post #4 of 17
i say atleast 6 characters long.. and its always good to just add a number or 2 onto that..example: your girlfriends/wifes last name and the year you two started going out... or somthing like that... just dont use anything obvious...
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post #5 of 17
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Can someone get your PW if you have it stored in your web browser? I usually keep it stored for forums and e-mails, but I dunno if this is wise or not. It's much more conveinent, though.

This is, of course, assuming I have up a firewall (let's say ZoneAlarm) at almost all times to help prevent hackers or anything of the sort.
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How many letters/numbers/characters should a PW be? I know there are PW cracks out there, but I heard they get baffled easily by longer chained things.

Then again, I doubt anyone will bother doing that to me.

Never share how many letters your password has (or any of the letters), because that cuts crackers a lot of time.
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post #7 of 17
i would think it would be a little easier for a hacking expert to get the PW if it was stored...so never store the pw to a valuable site... but for the forums and stuff,whats gonna happen if he gets on the forum? talk dirty... no loss to that so just keep important informatin inconsistant.... and if u dont mind my asking what are u so curious about this?
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I'm getting a completely new system soon, a fresh start on everything. I never cared much for security, but I want to be sure I'm protected more, as I do a lot of things with the internet, and I need to figure out the best or ideal ways to keep myself safe.
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post #9 of 17
want a really easy solution? download roboform , it will create encrypted passwords that youd easily forget and store them for you .
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post #10 of 17
oh ok...well thats always good. just follow what ive said and you should be good...just dont have any obvious things(ex:last name,birth date,childrens name...ect) or consistancy in any of your security and youll be fine. good luck and glad i could help
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