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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Picking Perfect Passwords

I saw that Google would be partnering with Dashlane to introduce an instant logon feature in future versions of Android. That piqued my interest enough to try Dashlane's present password manager. It is a little slick as it works on most all platforms. I can see a real benefit for many people who are horrible at passwords and lack a consistent mechanism to keep from reusing the same ones on various sites. I felt a little uncomfortable relinquishing control to them. More importantly it is only free for the first 30 days, so I deleted all instances of it.

Password particularities came to mind as I was visiting friends who have a spreadsheet to keep all theirs straight. That seems like overkill if one has created a good enough personal system. For example, I've been using a hard to guess root and add specific details from each site by appending either a prefix or suffix of unique details for it. My root contains numbers and a few capital letters. My method seems to work everywhere and as the passwords contain redundant data, my fingers fly when typing them.

I most often let Chrome remember them for everyday Internet so I don't end up needing to constantly reenter on trusted devices.

Screenshot 2016-08-09 14.51.52
You most probably don't ever remember seeing Facebook's logon!

Today though, I figured it was time to make changes when Facebook showed my password there had been the same for 14 months. Oh my, I'm getting lazy! Today, I went through with a new incarnation of my previous formula. I tried to hit and change every single website I use. Needless to say, it was surprising to see just how many valid accounts I have. It feels better knowing that everything important has been changed over to a new scheme.

Bio-metrics should definitely have progressed as protection for everyday use. Nobody has my own unique fingerprints or my beautiful blue eyes for that matter.


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