Question for the Computer Saavy

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by NCGirl, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. NCGirl

    NCGirl Well-Known Member

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    Reading the EBAY Question and having my own issue of late made me think.

    I use the same password for everywhere I go. It just makes it easier. Is this a REALLY BAD IDEA?

    I mean I log onto my Bank Account, Credit Cards, Message Boards and Email Accounts and everything else with the same password.

    We use a T-1 At my office with about 12 computers. I am on the internet all day long and playing around on message boards to checking my checking account balance throughout the day. Probably 4-5 hours of my workday :angel: yea yea, I know :rolleyes:

    We have a several young guys who often visit websites that have constant pop-ups and that downloads all kinds of crap. We have spyware and anti-virus but even then constantly find stuff on the computers that a tech guy has to come and clean off. Seeing that our computers are all linked by a network even if I don't go to or download any of this stuff myself am I at risk of my computer being hacked?
     
  2. arabian knight

    arabian knight Miniature Horse lover Supporter

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  3. TexasArtist

    TexasArtist Well-Known Member

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    well I'm not real computer savvy but the rate in which you hear about hackers makes me use a different pass for each site. I treat each one like my animals. Everybody gets their own name but if your not so good at remembering you could try the following.
    Site one might be redhead1
    Site two might be redhead2
    Site three might be redhead3 and so on and so on.
     
  4. donsgal

    donsgal Nohoa Homestead

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    Everywhere I go they say to not use the same one and change it every couple of months.

    So far, I have used the same password for everything for as long as I can remember. *knock wood* I hasn't been a problem yet.

    Personally, I can't imagine NOT using the same password. There is no way I could remember all of them. On those rare sites that "require" a number it takes me sometimes two or three tries to remember how I did it. If I had to try to remember something different for every place, I'd be there all day.

    There is a program at http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/pspv.html called PSPV.exe that is free and will show you what passwords are stored on your computer. Other people could access this information (at work). You might want to find out how to clear out your protected storage.

    donsgal
     
  5. katlupe

    katlupe Off-The-Grid Homesteader Supporter

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    It is a good idea to have different passwords, and for sites like banks or Paypal, it is a very good idea to change your passwords regularly, like as often as monthly. I don't always do that myself and should. As I run a business online, do my banking online, pay bills online and buy a lot online.

    The way to remember your passwords is to keep a little notebook, mine would fit in my purse if I went to a job with all the sites and passwords in it. Mine is safe right here on my desk, but if there were others around I would be careful with it.

    It's better to be too careful than to have your bank account cleaned out or a account hyjacked.

    katlupe
     
  6. HermitJohn

    HermitJohn Well-Known Member

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    It doesnt matter so much on forum sites like this or other non-secure sites, but you are much smarter to use multiple passwords with non-guessable mix of numbers and letters on bank, brokerage, paypal, credit card, etc sites. Any site that stores information you really dont want to share with the world.

    I cant remember all those things especially on accounts only accessed occasionally, so for few years now I have rollodex of various accounts and info to access them. Yep somebody could physically steal the rollodex but lot more secure than if I use some simple password like pets name or something on all sites.

    And if you ever have to access a site from a public computer or computer belonging to somebody else, change your password shortly thereafter and do it from your own computer if possible. You never know when somebody has put a key stroke tracking program on a computer.
     
  7. Qwispea

    Qwispea Well-Known Member

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    I use different passwords for every site. It is difficult to remember..especially when you use an 8 character password (numbers AND letters)..and change them frequently. I keep mine written down..and actually..use a code when I write them down. For example..if my password is 5G4ia77P..I might write it down backwards and add a few extra characters like this P77ai4G5dkdk33BW. I can easily decipher this..but highly doubt anybody else could. The "BW" at the end tells me to go backwards..so since I Always use an 8 character password..I'd count 8 characters in..and then go backwards from there..and I have my password.

    Why do I do this? Not sure..but I've lost a lot of usernames and e-mail addresses (such as Yahoo mail) in the past several years simply because I couldn't remember my password. Now..at least I have some method to track them..plus if any of the relative kids come over and look into my computer logs..they will not be able to decipher my passwords.

    Heh Heh.
     
  8. Manny

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    This is one of the most foolish and dangerous computer practices that I have heard of in a long time------how much do you trust even the young guys that you work with, much less chat rooms and porn sites? One time and your bank account could be emptied, your credit card maxed out and your credit rating in the dumpster for years to come. Use different passwords for all the things dealing with money routing and keep them in a little book around your neck or at least get one of the encrypted password manager programs such as "Password Corral". Storing a common password on a networked computer is really asking for trouble---I know you've been doing it for years but it only takes ONE time and then there are months and years of woe.

    Look at the password manager at:
    http://www.cygnusproductions.com/freeware/pc.asp
     
  9. leoaloha

    leoaloha Well-Known Member

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    As a Security Network administrator! Dont use the same password and change it often 60 days or so.
    dont use dictionary words
    dont use social engineered words ( pet name, high school, kids name, etc)
    use caps and numbers
    make it easy for YOU to remember like this

    Iluv2dategirlZ

    !aml84work

    these are long and very hard to crack or guess

    hope this helps

    Lp
     
  10. bugstabber

    bugstabber Chief cook & weed puller Supporter

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    I've been told that a network administrator can see whatever passwords you're using. I don't check anything personal at work, just too risky.
     
  11. leoaloha

    leoaloha Well-Known Member

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    If your browser is in secure mode ( The lock is on ) he cant see a thing that makes sense except for the URL

    Lp
     
  12. via media

    via media Tub-thumper

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    Depending on the software they use, they can see everything you do on the computer just as if they were standing over your shoulder.

    My eBay account was compromised and one of the first questions they asked me was if I used the same password for my email and eBay accounts. (I didn't but they said many people do.)

    /VM
     
  13. NCGirl

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    I know that there was a keystroke recorder on one of the computers at work at one time as they were trying to catch one of the guys doing "something" against the company at some point a few years back. It was put on there BY the company.

    I guess my real question is with us being on a network does that make my computer more open to attack from outside sources?

    And one more question, when I buy stuff most sites ask me if they want me to store my passwords and Credit Card Information on their sites for future ease of use, I always say yes, should I not do that?

    OK, ya'll have me convinced, I will change my passwords on the financial sites at the very least.
     
  14. via media

    via media Tub-thumper

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    Most networks (certainly not all, but generally speaking) are more secure and have more updated/advanced firewalls and antivirus protection than the average home computer. (I'm generalizing.)

    If you are using your work computer for online purchases, etc., then I would not save any passwords. Anyone with access to your computer could go to the same sites and be automatically recognized as you. A small, relatively harmless, example is that I could come to HT and make posts using your user name. It gets worse from there...

    /VM