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Douglas Johnston16/02/2020 15:24:40
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I think we have to be practical about passwords. I am at an age where memory cells seem to be diminishing at a disturbing rate and it is simply not practical to remember dozens of passwords. Lets be honest, most of us write passwords down somewhere and the chance of this getting into the hands of some dodgy character is remote. It is easy to hide a tree in a forest, so apply that idea to a notebook.


mark costello 116/02/2020 21:07:21
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At work is real easy, We had a machine named similar to"Best Metal Lathe Company." My password was Best metal lathe Co. operator. I could assess it by looking across the aisle.

Robin Graham16/02/2020 21:57:43
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Thanks. I agree with the logic of those who say that writing down on paper is probably pretty secure. No burglar in their right mind is going to waste time going through 1000+ volumes on the bookcases on the off chance that one might contain a slip of paper with something interesting written on it. But I'm irrational and it just feels wrong! I'd probably forget where where I'd put the list anyway - I'm hopelessly chaotic in the real world, lose or misplace almost everything, but methodical and tidy with computers.

KeePass looks to be just what I am after. It seems to be Windows only, but a native Linux port in the form of KeePassXC exists and I have installed that.

Problem solved, thanks again, Robin.

Trevorh17/02/2020 08:39:00
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I Use Lastpass its free and secure as any other where it will generate unique passwords for you as well as auto fill the details if you want it to

it assesses the strength of the password and sit there in the background waiting for you to open a site and it will ask if you want it to complete the username and generate a password

it was was recommended by my son who is a professional computer programmer

I have been using the basic version (free) for several years now

Cheers Trevor

Martin Kyte17/02/2020 09:19:09
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It's interesting to find out how fast a computer can crack your passwords these days.

There are a number of 'online password testers' available, don't use live one obviously.

Here are 4 examples.

6%#863 - 6millisecs

blooge3 - 2 secs

railSTEELtell - 16 thousand years

railSTEELtell1@ 16 billion years

The third example is good and interestingly the easiest to remember. Often sites will insist on some numbers and other characters also so I added 1@ which doesn't really make it that much harder to remember.

The construction is from Floyd's lyric on wish you were here. Pick a phrase/verse or lyric. Extract 3 words capitalise one of them and add some numbers/other characters.

Weak passwords are worse than useless, tough passwords do not have to be hard to remember.

regards Martin

Douglas Johnston17/02/2020 09:24:59
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Posted by Robin Graham on 16/02/2020 21:57:43:

But I'm irrational and it just feels wrong! I'd probably forget where where I'd put the list anyway - I'm hopelessly chaotic in the real world, lose or misplace almost everything, but methodical and tidy with computers.

I am also irrational and feel keeping passwords anywhere connected to the computer is more risky than writing them down, so we are probably both right for our own brains.


Ian McVickers17/02/2020 09:48:33
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If you have a samsung phone you can use the secure folder app.

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