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How secure is your password/s?

Leapy
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How secure is your password/s?

I have too many passwords to remember so, I'm thinking of using a password manager like True Key. Although I'm not 100% sure it would work for all passwords, that have an image, like the NS&I 
Does anyone use it or can anyone recommend another one?
 
I found this password tester so, you may like to type a similar password to one of yours  to this to see how secure it may be? https://howsecureismypassword.net/ 
I've also noticed that if you just type say "k" just keep on doing it and see how long it takes to crack when the string is say 20 "k"s long,"kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk" so ....size is important.Wink
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Pete11
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Re: How secure is your password/s?

Mine are very safe. Wifey has them, and if you're brave enough to tackle her for them, then good luck.  Grin

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Re: How secure is your password/s?

It's a good question, and I am having the same problem.

I have too many to remember, but I wouldn't trust anything on-line at all. What if they got hacked? They might use encryption in their database or may not. Even if they do that can be cracked, look at how many high profile cases there have been. I had to change a password from my domain registration company as their database got hacked and the password weren't encrypted Roll eyes

May as well do the job yourself, and that's what I am doing. Create an Excel spreadsheet with them in, store it somewhere with it password protected. Then at least you only have to remember one to access all the others.

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Re: How secure is your password/s?

I use KeepassX on my PC. Nothing uploaded everything stored locally, it's cross platform  https://www.keepassx.org/

Leapy
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Re: How secure is your password/s?

@Alex exactly what I do with Excel but I add clues and some capitals and miss out a few letters, For example if I use "Wandsworth" it maybe the address of a flat at West Hill Road so "1A42whrsw186SR" 

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jab1
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Re: How secure is your password/s?

All my passwords are stored on my laptop (Firefox Password manager), and I keep a hardcopy, just in case the laptop dies.

As regards security of the individual account passwords, for any sensitive ones(banking, Plusnet, energy accounts &c), they are intentionally set to that organisations maximum recommendation's, but where cracking a password wouldn't allow access to anything other than, say, my Funtrivia account, these are merely 8 - 10 random character strings - different for every account, though.

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Re: How secure is your password/s?

You can install Keypass on a memory stick. That way you keep nothing on your computer.

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Re: How secure is your password/s?


Leapy wrote:
I found this password tester so, you may like to type a similar password to one of yours  to this to see how secure it may be? https://howsecureismypassword.net/

 

The cynical part of me (about 95% of me) can't help but think that site must be a great way to steal passwords under the pretence of offering to see how secure they are, which they won't be if they're harvesting passwords from people... Crazy

Champnet
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Re: How secure is your password/s?

Don't know what algorithm they use, if any, to forecast crack times but they are way out....

I reckon it's just a ploy to sell their product.

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Re: How secure is your password/s?

@jab1, I'd suggest you set a master password for Firefox if you haven't already. Failure to do this makes it trivial for anyone with access to your browser to extract all of your passwords in plain text. It takes seconds.
Personally, I use LastPass. Yes it's cloud-based, and not been without its share of problems, but I have confidence in their encryption methods and my master account password is protected with 2 factor authentication - requiring a code from the smart watch on my wrist as well as the password to decrypt my credentials.

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jab1
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@bobpullen master password set, but the chance of anyone getting to my browser (physically) is almost zero - there's only me and the cat in the house.Smiley

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Re: How secure is your password/s?

Idling, I put a long (theoretical) passcode into that site. It was something like gutsik28051937. According to the site that would take 5000 years to break, but were the string  one less in length the time to crack would reduce too 100 years.

Not being a mathematician I do not understand how that can be with such a minor amendment to the string.

Like @Champnet I'm suspicious unless someone can explain.

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If your cat is anything like my two, I wouldn't put it past them Evil

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Re: How secure is your password/s?

Most of my passwords are simply committed to memory which, so far, has not been hacked.

 

I have simple ones for non-financial sites like forums, etc and complex ones for the rest. I have them saved in a password-protected rar file but locally and on-line if I ever do need to refer to any but, so far, my memory rarely fails me.Cool

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Re: How secure is your password/s?

I've been using Last pass for several years, I tried the others, but didn't like the way they interacted with the browser. I find it easy to use on the PC, a bit harder on Android, in that it isn't as easy to access the password list, so it sometimes offers the wrong user/password combo.

It also makes form filling a lot easier.