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Hacking Password Managers
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Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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7/14/2014 | 6:14:13 PM
trusting a password manager?
I've wanted to go with a password manager for a while now, but I am still not comfortable with the concept. Developments like this make me kind of glad I've held back. 

I'd love to hear what other folks think about the risks of a password manager. 
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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7/15/2014 | 9:14:53 AM
Re: trusting a password manager?
I tried a password manager once and then immediately forgo the password. #Dumbmistake
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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7/15/2014 | 9:22:31 AM
Re: trusting a password manager?
I just worry about the pw manager service getting 0wned. I like keeping control, even if it's a pain in the neck.
anon9011498124
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anon9011498124,
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9/16/2014 | 3:31:43 PM
Re: trusting a password manager?
Nice article. My advice to everyone is to use any password manager available which fits their needs and to use different and super strong passwords for every site they have an account on. Or maybe if their memories are that great that they can remember passwords like brKir7j&^@RC7&IK, they can use their brains and feel pain in the neck :)I have found a free version of Sticky Password some time ago and converted it to the paid version after using it for a couple of weeks. Used it ever since without problems. 
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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7/15/2014 | 9:54:13 AM
Re: trusting a password manager?
That is the problem Marilyn. You still need to keep a password in mind. We should just revamp this username/password and defining new ways of protecting ourselves. I do not know what it would be but I know username/password pair is not really working when ii comes to security or privacy.
Sara Peters
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Sara Peters,
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7/15/2014 | 9:41:10 AM
Re: trusting a password manager?
@Kelly  I feel the same way. I'd rather use my own brain. And for stuff that I don't use often that I feel like my husband might need to know, I stick it on my fridge. If someone breaks into my apartment, I'll have bigger problems. Well, at least, more problems.
Dr.T
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7/15/2014 | 9:51:38 AM
Re: trusting a password manager?
Agree. Maybe that or, find a way to remember the password per site easily. Such as remembering logo of the site and defining password that we can related to it. I just gave away my way of defining password :--))
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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7/15/2014 | 9:52:47 AM
Re: trusting a password manager?
Ha! I hear ya. I have my secret cryptic cheat-sheet. It's lame, but it makes me feel somewhat in control. 
DAVIDINIL
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7/15/2014 | 9:58:38 AM
Re: trusting a password manager?
I am a bit nervous about using Roboform and Lastpass, but I find them to be essential.  I think I am less vulnerable by using a PW manager than I am using the same password for every website I use. 
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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7/15/2014 | 10:01:39 AM
Re: trusting a password manager?
I have probably 100 different complex passwords, so remembering all of them is impossible. A pw manager is certainly tempting, but something keeps stopping me from putting my eggs in that basket. #paranoidsecurityjourno
DAVIDINIL
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DAVIDINIL,
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7/15/2014 | 10:08:58 AM
Re: trusting a password manager?
Especially considering some sites, like Yahoo Mail, seem to want me to change my PW on a regular basis.  Enough already. 
andre.boysen
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andre.boysen,
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7/15/2014 | 12:08:07 PM
Re: trusting a password manager?
Password managers are a stop gap measure that makes the best of a bad design. Of all the methods users can employ to manage online life, they are the least of all evils if well used by a good provider.


Important is to move to a model without passwords as the primary security mechanism.

 

 
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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7/15/2014 | 9:49:08 AM
All the same
We have to assume that the apps that store or generate passwords have the same vulnerabilities as other regular applications. I do not use any apps for passwords, however it is getting overloaded I can tell, defining a different password per site, that is too much. :--))


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