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April 29th, 2003

How many passwords?

We’re all probably signed up on dozens of different message forums, online stores, news sites, etc. and it’s virtually impossible to use a different password for each, even if you use a password storage program (or even your browser) to remember each. I have a series of five or six regulars that I use, and I find I use the same or similar passwords on similar types of sites (message forums all generally use a variation of a certain base password, for instance). There’s one password I use that’s probably my best since it’s just a combination of numbers and letters that I’ve used for almost 15 years… I used to use it for some BBSes and I still occasionally use it online. I don’t have a mnemonic device to remember it, it’s just burned into my brain after all these years.

How many different passwords do you use?

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FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday April 29, 2003 -- 10:23:19 am
One, and it's my first name.

Actually there is one I've used since the Olden Days of BBSing, and it too has been burned in my head. I have about 6 I rotate around. New ones are tough to get used to.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday April 29, 2003 -- 10:38:03 am
I also find myself basing some of my password choices on how much I trust a particular site... if it's a shady site, I'll tend to use a throwaway e-mail address and a unique password (especially if I'm only looking to grab one piece of information or order one item from the site).

FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday April 29, 2003 -- 10:41:34 am
I would have to say 7. Impossible for others to figure out, but full of obvious meaning to me.

FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Tuesday April 29, 2003 -- 3:42:12 pm
I use 3 different passwords. I use things such as important stuff when I was younger that even my kids can't even guess.

FROM: dave
DATE: Tuesday April 29, 2003 -- 4:52:08 pm
I have eight just for work. Of course, all the passwords I typically use for personal reasons are invalid at work (must have a symbol, two different cases, etc.)...grr...

FROM: aharris
DATE: Tuesday April 29, 2003 -- 4:53:30 pm
I too am prone to the "base word" form of passwords. I add words depending on the site (adding some numbers/letters for good measure).

Also like Ryan I tend to be more...suspicious of shady sites and will do some obscure letter/number combination.

Remembering passwords is hard.

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Tuesday April 29, 2003 -- 7:09:53 pm
Mine is the first password I've ever used which is a series of abbreviations for certain people/dates/events in my life. Numbers/Letters.

My only problem is with some sites that now require longer passwords, so I have to elongate it a bit. So if I go to a site that I havent been to a while, I might log in once incorrectly, then I realize that it's one of "those" sites. :)

FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Tuesday April 29, 2003 -- 7:20:50 pm
Passwords? I don't have no stinkin' password.... I don't have to show you no stinkin'...

errr... sorry. :)

Actually, I tend to gravitate towards one where I feel "comfortable", only deviating in my countless Hotline endeavors or AIM names (or online messageboards), where I also... in the past, have gone with multiple different names/nicknames/call signs as well as passwords (that's probably why I can't remember many of the old passwords without calling up the bookmarks files, which I backup). Maybe it lends to that whole fixation on the movie "The Saint"...

Well, maybe not since I never watched it. ;) I just know what it's about. :D

I also tend to rotate, invert, and add/subtract variables/letters/numbers from the two "root" passwords I use (when I'm feelin' comfy). It increases the longevity and ability to "remember" said password, plus... makes it unique enough that if you're ever hacked, not everything you use is open game to being swiped. It's also nice because if I forget which one I used where... I can often take a guess of a different variation and it often works.

I'm not fanatical persay with it... but I do believe in a certain level of security. After all, if the passwords are too hard for me to remember, in such a fashion that I have to commit to writing them down, how secure are they? I'd rather them be less secure in terms of repetition and easier for me to remember, than be so lacking in repetition that you're left with slips of paper that can easily get lost in the shuffle, and be completely insecure.

Y'know, eh? It's all aboot security. Security..... and Canadian bacon.

FROM: Adriano
DATE: Friday October 31, 2003 -- 4:10:13 am

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