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Re: So I heard Blizzard is losing customers

Postby Fridmarr » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:05 pm

degre wrote:I employ a number of different passwords and I don't believe I'd be able to remember a bunch of 1Bfq7r!# pass, more likely I'll have to write it down somewhere and what's the point in having a secret password if you have to write it where can be found?

Found by whom? Unless you keep hackers physically around your computer, writing down a password may not be that big of a deal. I don't do it at work, but the whiteboard next to my computer at home is full of passwords. I'm not worried about anyone who gets into my home office having access to that list, and it's probably too cryptic for them to make heads or tails of it anyhow.
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Re: So I heard Blizzard is losing customers

Postby rodos » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:42 pm

Fridmarr wrote:
degre wrote:I employ a number of different passwords and I don't believe I'd be able to remember a bunch of 1Bfq7r!# pass, more likely I'll have to write it down somewhere and what's the point in having a secret password if you have to write it where can be found?

Found by whom? Unless you keep hackers physically around your computer, writing down a password may not be that big of a deal. I don't do it at work, but the whiteboard next to my computer at home is full of passwords. I'm not worried about anyone who gets into my home office having access to that list, and it's probably too cryptic for them to make heads or tails of it anyhow.

If someone has physical access to a computer, you can assume they have access to everything on that computer*. In that context, if they're reading the passwords off your whiteboard you have other (bigger) problems. Either it's the Feds - in which case they'll get what they want somehow, or it's a burglar - in which case they'll just take your computer and not care a whit about your passwords. Similarly - I was once burgled (while I was at asleep in the house!) and the guy took my mobile phone and rifled through my wallet. He didn't touch my credit or debit cards, because he just wanted quick cash.


* Even if you use full-disk encryption, someone who really cares could plant a hardware keylogger that you'd never notice.
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Re: So I heard Blizzard is losing customers

Postby degre » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:30 am

I just don't find whiteboards to be very practical to take with me if I want to access the site from somewhere else.
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Re: So I heard Blizzard is losing customers

Postby Passionario » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:10 pm

rodos wrote:Same reason you should always have a completely unique password on any email accounts you have. A lot of sites use email address as a username, and if you use the same password there as on the email account then you've just given that site, and anyone who breaks it, access to your email. Since email is usually used for password reset features, you've probably just given them access to every online account you have.


Better yet, use two-step authentication for your email accounts. Gmail, for instance, has an option of sending you an SMS confirmation code if someone tries to log in from an unverified IP.
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Re: So I heard Blizzard is losing customers

Postby Flex » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:24 pm

Lieris wrote:BNet doesn't allow for very good passwords to be made anyway.


This is completely false. The battle.net rules are pretty good at creating effectively secure forever passwords.
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Re: So I heard Blizzard is losing customers

Postby Vrimmel » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:29 pm

Making complicated passwords is usually meaningless. Having your password cracked is very unrealistic. 99.9999% of the time someone will get your password through phishing, keylogging, password recovery and the occasional guessing of a stupid password.
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