pretty cool read. thanks for the post and i'm guilty of using pretty weak passwords =[ should probably change a fewFirst!
Second woot !My password is eleven letters long and as 4 numbers, 2 symbols, 3 letters and 3 caps :D
I have a couple "old reliable" passwords I use, based on some old Usenet newsgroups I used to frequent. Either abbreviations of the group names, or common catchphrases found on the groups.That, plus the Blizzard Authenticator helps with my main account. Being on a Mac doesn't hurt, as there aren't any keyloggers (yet).
Rule #1 of fight club passwords: Don't talk about fight club your passwords.
Great info on the passwords, I recommend this advice to everyone. Only point I would like to make is that the compromised accounts weren't mysteriously compromised. Those who were compromised know this, unless someone watches you put your PW in, knows it because you told them or used a malware you downloaded, there is no way it can happen. I really wish people would realized this.(no offense to you bloggers and website publishers)
even seeing this amazed me http://www.wowinsider.com/2008/07/24/authenticator-fails-removed-from-account-without-users-permiss/saw it on one of project lores blogs http://projectlore.com/blog/keeping-your-wow-secure/
All of the things I consider important have their own (good random passwords, with lots of symbols and numbers) passwords, like my WoW account, my paypal account and such. Though I do have an authenticator, so I really don't NEED a good password there I suppose.
I don't understand the authenticator is it like having another password to your account or like a key?
... Yea. I SHOULD change my password. It's actually one of the icons of my wasted childhood.-Goes to change-
... yeah, that windows password tool is really good, if you have more then 14 characters, and at least 1 symbol and 1 number it's ALWAYS maximum secured.even aaaaaaa1111111! is "very good".....Just don't share your password, or download any trojans, and you should be safe!
This is a point I want to make on top of the Great info aboveIt is possible for macs to get keylogger. That's right, they are no more safer then linux or windows,so if you think that just because your using a mac you are safe,then you are wrong, you still need good passwords./end rantedit for grammer
I'm ashamed. Your blog doesn't have a 100th post! You put this in instead of saying "100th post! Yay!"
For the accounts I actually think might get hacked, I have a password with 16 characters, randomly capatalized letters, some numbers and symbols. The only way I don't forget it is that I have it macroed to my keyboard :P
I would suggest having different grades of passwords ... use an easy one for all low security stuff, like forum passwords, and several different high strength ones for things that involve money or time.Your blizz account, as well as your banking stuff, should be pointed at an email account you consider secret ... one you never use online, or hand out. If they break your email, they can claim they forgot the password, and get it changed.And get an authenticator, dammit.
My WoW password is 17 characters, which is apparently too long for their forums to understand :PIt works in-game, but if I want to post in the forums I have to change it to something shorter in order to log in... ah well, at least no one will ever guess it :)