September 13, 2008 - kenshinjeff

when to change passwords

Usually, you only change passwords when your current one expires, or when there is a change in security policies. Apparrently, some people (ie, PSN) think that, if their users have a password with non-repeating characters, complete with numbers, mixed casing, and symbols, it becomes a really good password.

To me, good passwords are like works art, and they take time; You take something only you can understand, and abstract it in a way, that only you can remember it. When you have a list of passwords at your disposal, you’ll be amazed at how much you can tell from passwords.

qwerty, asdfg, 12345, 54321, <something easy to type>

Obviously, this person can’t be bothered with security, and thinks that whatever is stored in the computer can’t pretty much do any harm to him. What he doesn’t know is that, identity theft is really common on the internet.

andrew1980, mich2349, mac40na, <a name of a close person>

ef1030r, sba3482d, nokia7270, bmws500, <number plate of car, mobile phone>

hotdog84, cheeseburgerz, cokelite, drp3pp3r, <name of favourite food>

I can go on and on and on and on, but you get the gist of it. If any of the following looks familiar, ditch it. I should probably write a serious article but have to go change all my passwords.

emo / geeky stuff

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