Using a password manager
In the first article of this series, I went on a pretty long rant about how people are not using secure passwords, how that could lead to their information being stolen, etc, etc.
In this one, I’ll go over what I’m using for my own online security. It’s all based on free software and services,which have been around for years and everyone probably knows about, but since I have not seen any comprehensive tutorials on how to do this, I’ll try to explain in details. Feel free to skip ahead if you think I’m wasting your time, you are not interested in the functionality I describe or whatever.
So enough beating around the bush…
Online passwords - Part I
In “Hackers”, The Plague told his employer that the four most often used passwords are love, sex, secret and god. Not much has changed. Most peolpe still seem to use simple words as passwords, or at the best, combination of their initials and their birth or wedding dates. The “power users” tend to go for 133t sp3@k – which is probably even worst because there are 133t sp3@k dictionaries that can be used for a brute force attack.
Just a few days ago, the media reported that LinkedIn has been hacked and over 6 millions passwords were stolen. Guess what the most common ones were?? Jackpot – god, ilove (I guess times are changing …), sex, 1234 …