Re: OT: LinkedIn Hacked

Subject: Re: OT: LinkedIn Hacked
From: Mike Stockman <mstockman -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2012 10:54:38 -0400

On Jun 7, 2012, at 9:16 AM, Bill Swallow wrote:

> Secure only until your machine holding that file is compromised. There
> are encrypted services out there for password management, but even
> they aren't perfect.

A method I use to remember passwords is to store obscure password hints in plain text, and keep that file wherever it's convenient (Evernote is my cloud service of choice). The hints should be something you can figure out but that are unlikely in the extreme for anyone else.

For example, my LinkedIn password hint is "snackfood,pet1", meaning that the password is my favorite junk food at the time, with a comma, a pet I often use for passwords, and the number 1 at the end. (To be fair, LinkedIn isn't on my list of vital services to protect with two separate keys and some launch codes. It's just a social networking service. So some of my reminders are more complex.)

The benefit of this is that a file full of mnemonic devices is useless to anyone else, but it's never failed to give me the password I need after months or years away from an account.

For what it's worth.

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References:
OT: LinkedIn Hacked: From: Ron Hearn
Re: OT: LinkedIn Hacked: From: Lauren
RE: OT: LinkedIn Hacked: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: OT: LinkedIn Hacked: From: Lauren N. Hart
Re: OT: LinkedIn Hacked: From: Mark Giffin
Re: OT: LinkedIn Hacked: From: Lauren
RE: OT: LinkedIn Hacked: From: Will Husa Documentation Solutions
Re: OT: LinkedIn Hacked: From: Bill Swallow

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