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Buzzcutbuddha (Crazy Passwords) - RE: Ethics of Passwords

by buzzcutbuddha (Chaplain)
on Aug 15, 2000 at 16:18 UTC ( #27904=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to (Guildenstern) REx2: Ethics of Passwords
in thread Ethics of Passwords

I worked for the State of Pennsylvania for a while in their student loan department, and the passwords we had to access the student files had this pattern:
the first letter must be a letter, the second a single digit, and the rest must be a mix of upper and lower case with one punctuation mark somewhere in the mix. Passwords expired every 30 days, and they kept track of the last 30.
Needless to say, the majority of people were not happy with these restrictions, and it was not uncommon to see someone with a sheet of paper listing all of their passwords....
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RE: Buzzcutbuddha (Crazy Passwords) - RE: Ethics of Passwords
by tye (Sage) on Aug 15, 2000 at 17:08 UTC

    I'll spout some heresy. I think it is a good idea to write many of your passwords down. But you need to strongly protect the place where you have them written down. For example, keep them in your wallet, written in code that looks like a list of phone numbers, possibly just encoding the hint that lets you remember the password.

    I think this is a good idea because I think you should do all of the following:

    • Never use the same password/PIN twice (for two different systems).
    • Never use a password that someone could guess after they get to know you or "research" you.
    • Change your passwords regularly.
    and if I do all of those, how am I ever going to remember the 47 passwords/PINs that each has nothing to do with my personal life, the account being accessed, or each other while forgetting the completely different set of passwords I so painstakingly memorized last month?

    Now, the password to my top-secret security clearance account at the Air Force, that one I'd just memorize!

            - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")
      One thing that I used to, I have hence changed it now was to take a two digit number and then the name of someone that I did not know, and then a 3 digit number. I followed the pattern for 6 months and then changed it.

      One of my friends had these huge super-detailed maps of the Czech Republic and Poland and Hungary and he would pick the name of these small 100 person villages and change two letters in the name. That was always obscure. Fun stuff though.

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