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[*] Post 473489 posted on 6-6-2013 at 23:47 Reply With Quote
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My Amazon.com account got hacked, but fortunately their security gear caught it, and canceled the purchase. This is like the 3rd or 4th time over a period of about 10 years that this has happened. FYI: the only work I had to do was change my password.

I need to bit the bullet [re the work/inconvience involved] and come up with a better (much) system of selecting passwords for each and every account that I need to log into with a password, i. e., a different password for each registration and words that are not in the dictionary, but a combination of numbers & letters (and maybe symbols).

There are numerous FREE online password generators (user variable length choice, etc.,), but I'm real leary of pulling a password down from an online site that I've never heard of. Ditto re software (often shareware) that does the same thing.

In all seriousness, I'm wondering IF the best plan would be to simply use my Scrabble game, and pull out some letters (& never the same length for a password) when I needed a password (since there are no numbers in Scrabble I'd have to put some numbers on tiles too).

The purpose of this post is to see what the members of this forum do with the issue of password theft, and how they combat it, and IF they use some sort of a password generator.
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[*] Post 473503 posted on 7-6-2013 at 12:59 Reply With Quote

Most password hackers use a method known as "Brute force", as described here:


Naturally, a long password is harder to crack, with that method, than a short one.

Use numbers and letters. Maybe, even, other strange symbols, too, if they're allowed.

A bugger to remember, those, though. :(
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[*] Post 473518 posted on 8-6-2013 at 02:52 Reply With Quote

I keep all of my passwords in a secure file on one of my machines. Then, if I need to remember one, then all I must do is look it up. Scrabble does have numbers on it, the scores. So, what you could do is, say, substitute the letter for the score attached to that letter. one of my passwords, that I no longer use, BTW, was G3t@n3w0N3, obviously, the longer the better. You could also use the equivalent ASCII codes for letters.
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