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!
I don't understand the authenticator is it like having another password to your account or like a key?When you press the button it creates a short numeric code that you enter after your regular password. The number generated will change every 30 seconds.Accessing your account will require both your regular password and the variable code from the authenticator, which means you can't be hacked by a keylogger alone.
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!"
Rule #1 of fight club passwords: Don't talk about fight club your passwords.Agreed, I'm so not talking about my passwords. Just gonna tell how secure they are depending on the importance of the account.
Rule #1 of fight club passwords: Don't talk about fight club your passwords.This floored me.On topic: One extra piece of advice, though one that unfortunately does not apply to WoW, is the following:Caps Lock: On case-sensitive passwords, use at least one capital letter, and not at the beginning of the letter string.While the ever-lengthening list of things to do when creating a password may make it seem like that password is going to become very easily forgettable, I find that, with passwords that you type, it's not so much about what the word is (I.e., you don't necessarily have to make it easy to remember), but about remembering the pattern that you type.If I were to be given a keyboard with all the letters removed, assuming I started on the right key, I would be able to type my password as quickly as if I had the letters on the keys -- not because I'm a good touch-typist (I'm not, I will glance down very briefly every 10 seconds or so to make sure I'm on the right key), but because the distance between the keys has become second-nature. If I were to start on a key one too far to the left, then the whole of what I typed would be one key to the left of what my password actually was ... (At least, that would be true, except I have to press Shift for at least one of the letters so, of course, I'd notice that I had hit a big load of nothing to the left of my keyboard and I'd start again). Learning the pattern of your hands' movements is pretty ... handy ... in that way.
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
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 :PWoW passwords are not case sensitive.Also please note that 99% of "hacked" accounts are hacked because of the user stupidity, not because of the easy password. No one will try to brute-force or intercept your password, ever. People get hacked because they fall in scams like fake beta invites, fake gold/item duplicators, fake GM account generators and stuffs like that. And what about players that used to share accounts, buy power leveling services and trade/buy/sell accounts?In my opinion, if a person believe in a YouTube video that say "omg send ur account name and password to firstname.lastname@example.org and u will become a GM!", he deserve to get scammed.
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.
Second woot !My password is eleven letters long and as 4 numbers, 2 symbols, 3 letters and 3 caps :D4+2+3+3 = 12
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 :)