Re: OT: LinkedIn Hacked

Subject: Re: OT: LinkedIn Hacked
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 10:21:27 -0700

On 6/7/2012 8:00 AM, Dan Goldstein wrote:

"A pet I often use for passwords" might be a mistake.

A hacker would need the combination of snack food, comma, pet name, and number, not just the pet name.

Whenever a web site requires a favorite pet's name, town I was born in,
first-grade teacher, etc., I always make up a unique answer for just
that web site, and I store it along with the password.

I have used names of children that do not exist. Even my family would never be able guess the answer to that question. Unfortunately, I also used answers to questions that I no longer remember. Network Solutions asked me for my grandfather's occupation. I went through everything that I could remember, then they just called me back instead, since I had the right phone number.

I try not to let
passwords have *anything* in common with each other - heck, they're
already sharing my user name!

I use different user names and different email addresses when I can.

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Stockman
...
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.




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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
Re: OT: LinkedIn Hacked: From: Mike Stockman
RE: OT: LinkedIn Hacked: From: Dan Goldstein

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