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Author Topic: Security Password(s) Rant  (Read 753 times)

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Offline randym431

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Security Password(s) Rant
« on: August 06, 2011, 08:28:20 AM »
[rant] I get so irritated at being forced to create site passwords going by "their" rules. Some sites have such retarded security requirements that it is impossible to remember the procedure to sign in. Where you end up writing everything down so you can remember how to login. And that alone negates your security protection. And just when you might start to remember, it all expires. You are suddenly forced to change EVERYTHING to something else just as complicated that you will never remember without writing it down.

Just let users makeup their own password. Period.
Something they themselves can remember.

When logging in or on is made so complicated where the user can't even remember, then security has gone too far. That's my simple rule.

Password security should keep others from accessing your information, not you.
And it should also be up to the user as to when they wish to change their password.
Any password procedure one has to write down to remember has just gutted the whole security process for that site.

And after all... Your ATM card has four simple password numbers, that never change.
Imagine if you had an 8 to 12 digit ATM card password to remember. Requiring both alpha, numeric, special characters, and at least one cap letter.
Can you imagine the pissed off ATM users?
And the high number of card users that would need to write down and carry their ATM password in their billfold along with their card?
Not to mention the thousands of daily calls to the call center for forgotten passwords, eaten atm cards due to incorrectly entered passwords, or access lockout. I mean really!!!!!

We need a law.
User defined passwords ONLY! "Passwords by the people, for the people."
And ENOUGH with these nerdy brainless security department programmers that think up all this password nightmare shit.
Let the user take the security risk when creating their own password(s). [/rant]

Whew. Got that off my chest. Sorry folks.
« Last Edit: August 06, 2011, 08:30:51 AM by randym431 »

Offline leatherman

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Re: Security Password(s) Rant
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2011, 08:49:48 AM »
Requiring both alpha, numeric, special characters, and at least one cap letter.
preach it, brother!
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Offline wolfter

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Re: Security Password(s) Rant
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2011, 08:59:24 AM »
I have an address book just for web sites.  It contains all the log in procedures, user names and passwords.  I'm screwed if this book is ever stolen.  I love the site that must contain upper and lower case letters along with numerals and special characters.   iHatethosesites@4eveR
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Security Password(s) Rant
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2011, 09:21:28 AM »
OS X has a "keychain" application that stores all passwords, and is automatically backed up with Time Machine to an external drive should you lose anything. Doesn't Microslop do that?
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Offline leatherman

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Re: Security Password(s) Rant
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2011, 09:34:37 AM »
automatically backed up with Time Machine to an external drive should you lose anything.
where is this ext drive?

anyway, as randy pointed out, the very act of backing up security passwords, whether it's via a program or paper, goes against the whole notion of "security" in the first place. LOL
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Offline bocker3

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Re: Security Password(s) Rant
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2011, 09:45:21 AM »
Sometimes people crack me up -- rant and rave all you want.  Howeve, I'm sure the minute one of your self-defined password sites gets hacked and you lose money, etc, you'll be bitching about how "evil corporations" don't give a shit about you.   ::)

How risky is having to write down some passwords and storing them IN YOUR HOUSE?  Do you have a lot of people breaking in to your house (perhaps you should buy better locks)?  people can access your computer from OUTSIDE your house and if your passwords are "password" or some such shit, well.....  they can do some nefarious things, now can't they.
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Offline leatherman

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Re: Security Password(s) Rant
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2011, 10:04:40 AM »
Do you have a lot of people breaking in to your house (perhaps you should buy better locks)? 
LOL luckily as a poor person, there's nothing for anyone to get if they hack into any of my online accounts. :D

However, over the years, I have been burglarized four times and had a lot of valueable possessions stolen. Twice, we were invaded through shattered windows and twice when the criminals broke the frame on the door - so locks never helped in the first place. Locks only deter some some criminals, and are no guarantee of safety. The first time we were robbed was right after we had a house fire, adding insult to injury. My late-partner and I moved to a new home each time after the first three burlgaries. I was in the process of moving out (to move in with my second late-partner) when I was burglarized that last time (I still miss that mower and power saw those assholes stole, even if I have replaced them).
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