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Yahoo Mail Passwords: Act Now

Yahoo suffers hack attack, eyes third-party database and reused credentials as likely culprits, may enforce two-factor authentication to help users recover accounts.

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M_Gordon
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2/3/2014 | 1:08:32 PM
Re: Password managers
Kristin,

You should check out LastPass, it's a really useful password manager. It allows to use many different and strong passwords without having to remember each one. They also have an security add-on option, Toopher, which adds another layer of security to each of your accounts in LastPass. It's extremely user friendly and uses location awareness of your smartphone to automate the authentication process. Check out this video, it helped me better understand what Toopher does. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k78xDTpy7PU
Susan Fourtan
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2/3/2014 | 6:00:59 AM
Re: Password managers
Kristin, 

"I choose the option to have my browser remember most of my passwords, too. But it's the worst when you're required to clear cookies and other settings for some reason and all your passwords are cleared. Password hell all over again."

I know! I went through password hell this past weekend. I had to reset my FB password, which is always easier that trying all the password formula alternatives and all the possible combinations I can think of I used for a FB password.

I am still waiting one my online libraries to send me a new password. :( 

-Susan

 
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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2/3/2014 | 1:45:14 AM
Re: Password managers
The best practice to my experience is using the same password with sufficient complexity for all your internet accounts. This sounds nothing new but sometimes it's difficult to handle it in this way due to various constraints from different web sites. Furthermore, I normally chose not let web browser to remember my password - it does not take me long to enter the password everytime and it helped me to remember it. 
Kristin Burnham
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2/1/2014 | 9:20:08 AM
Re: Password managers
I choose the option to have my browser remember most of my passwords, too. But it's the worst when you're required to clear cookies and other settings for some reason and all your passwords are cleared. Password hell all over again.
jgherbert
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1/31/2014 | 9:51:24 PM
Re: Password managers
@Shane M. O'Neill:

"I don't trust that a password manager can't be hacked. So I continue on in the living hell that is memorizing passwords and keeping them on a piece of paper hidden in my house. "

That's _so_ 1980s. Anybody with any self respect would use Post-Its stuck to their monitor, surely?

I must confess that I am about at explosion point with passwords, especially with every site having different requirements for password strength. SSO has issues but I gotta tell you, right now I am all about some kind of federated SSO across web sites. 

I do use a password manager by the way, but there isn't a single product that I've yet found that works consistently across (in my case), windows, linux, OSX and iOS, and integrates with the web browser so that I don't have to jump between applications all the time to find and then paste in a password. Especially on a smartphone that's a huge pain.

 
Susan Fourtan
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Susan Fourtan,
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1/31/2014 | 6:37:16 PM
Re: Just one password?
anon, 

"The likely culprit in this case of Yahoo was probably not a very secure site."

Exactly. Yahoo! Mail has never been secure. It has had plenty of hacking problems. I am not surprised about this new one at all. 

-Susan
Susan Fourtan
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Susan Fourtan,
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1/31/2014 | 6:26:00 PM
Re: Password managers
Kristin, 

I can see how the habit of using the same password for multiple sites could have started for many.

If you have to sign in to ten, or more sites daily you may well forget some of the passwords. One password for all can solve the problem. It brings others, as we know. 

Chrome offers the option of remembering passwords. I choose this option to certain sites. Some other times I ask for a new password. This is handy for sites I don't use frequently. It's faster and easier than trying to remember a password I use a few times a year. 

For the important passwords I don't use a password manager at the moment. I have a password formula. 

-Susan 
Drew Conry-Murray
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1/31/2014 | 5:01:29 PM
Re: Just one password?
I'm not sure it's better, but if I need to create an insanely complex password to protect my password manager, why not just use that insanely complex password everywhere and save myself the trouble of the password manager?
anon7244892334
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1/31/2014 | 4:47:27 PM
Re: Just one password?
Yes of course, but the probability that someone will hack your password manager versus hacking any of a multiple of sites/accounts where you're using the same UN/PW is substantiall lower.  The likely culprit in this case of Yahoo was probably not a very secure site.
anon7244892334
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1/31/2014 | 4:44:36 PM
Re: Just one password?
What's so shocking about someone using AOL mail?  It's reliable, doesn't have hacking issues, and filters spam well.  Seems like a smart service to use.
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