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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Passwords ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 1/1/12 5:04 PM

My Paypal account was hacked, after disputing the claim and reading what I could on the web. I called Paypal, they said the most common ways to get hacked is
1) Having a key logger virus
2) Phishing scams where they send you a link in an email and then redirect to a bogus site
3) Recycling passwords

After running a virus scan and finding nothing, then knowing that I never access Paypal through an email, it left me with Recycled passwords.

Apparently, there are sites that are not secure, so when you sign up and associate them with the same password and email you use for the sites where you need the highest security (ex credit cards, banks, ebay, paypal), the hackers have access to the most secure accounts.

For years I have only used this one complicated password for my online banking. I've used it so much that I finally have it memorized and I started using it for everything last year.

I've spent the last few days, changing the passwords on all of my online sites.

I just wanted to pass this along, so I can save someone else from making the same mistake.

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Date: 1/1/12 5:47 PM

Loti, I sympathize. I hate having to change passwords--it's so hard to remember them to begin with.

My spouse, who works in IT, uses a pattern--similar passwords that are just a bit different for each website. I like that idea but haven't figured out a pattern I can remember....

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Date: 1/1/12 6:34 PM

This happened to me on paypal as well. I've also heard that it's possible when you have a window open that you've logged into, and then you open another window in the same browser at the same time, the second website may be able to see the first one. If it's not that (for me), then it must also be tye recycled passwords, and I did as you did also, changed everything so none have the same password and they are all challenging.

I have started using the lines from favorite songs or poems to create passwords, using the first letter of each word. I find those not too hard to remember, and probably next to impossible to guess.

for example, the first line of "America the Beautiful" would be

obfssfawog

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Date: 1/1/12 7:25 PM

Don't forget to add one cap, one number, and one symbol. Something that I do before I use a password is to practice typing it to make certain it is easy to type so if it ever happens that I have to use it when someone else is around, that I can type it easily and quickly.

You can repeat some passwords, just add one or two digits so it will be different for each site. For example, here you would use the password and add PR somewhere within it.

Every little bit helps. :)

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Date: 1/1/12 7:30 PM

Loti, I recently got quite a talking to from my dh when he found out I was getting pretty lazy about passwords. He sat down with me and made me change every password into difficult to remember gobledeegook. Kkkaty, thank you for that good tip. I'm definitely going to ise that method!

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Date: 1/1/12 8:06 PM

I just hope I've covered all of the websites, I keep on discovering new ones, like Amazon.com, iTunes. I like the idea of using a song to help me remember passwords that is a great idea.

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Date: 1/1/12 10:54 PM

Trying to keep track of passwords for the myriad of sites etc that we now use is really quite difficult. I have a few high level memorised password that are only used for sites requiring the highest security, such as my personal banking. I'll have a good look at the others and check I have not left myself vulnerable...thanks for the warning!


-- Edited on 1/1/12 10:56 PM --

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Date: 1/2/12 0:53 AM

This is a good reminder. My company uses Password Corral (NAYY). I just Googled it now--I didn't realize it was freeware.

Sewme47, does you husband know anything about this product (just asking because it sounds like he might be an IT guy)?
-- Edited on 1/2/12 0:54 AM --

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Date: 1/2/12 2:01 AM

How do you remember passwords? I have to have them written down somewhere. Otherwise I can't remember which one I used for which site. The bank ones I note by a means that would be less than straightforward to understand if you weren't me - a kind of code for a code.

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Date: 1/2/12 2:21 AM

A number of my passwords are stowed with and scrambled by LastPass, a password 'manager' about which I have read positive reviews. For this one, the user allegedly has to remember only one impossible-to-forget password, which is an attractive idea. So far, no difficulties with it.

However, I do not take full advantage of LastPass. The biggest problem for me is that the version designed for the iPad, my traveling buddy, has received poor reviews from users.

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