Some days it's tough enough to remember the one I have... for some reason I open a new mail account at giggle every time I turn around (which is a lot), and most times I only check a couple of them with any regularity (the most regularity I can claim anymore). Every now and then I'll tilt my head just right, the marble rolls, and I'll remember an account and go check it, to discover the spam filter works pretty good.
User names? Heck have enough trouble remembering my own name. :)
But to seriously answer the question I have one user name and many PASSWORDS. As many passwords as needed to conduct business...logging into different computers, accounts, websites, or mail services.
I use to have a dozen or more. Allways forgetting them. Writing new ones down
on a slip of paper and promptly losing it, etc, etc. About a year ago I started
using one user word and one password. Even my feeble brain can remember them!
"too soon I get too old, too late, smart!"...KF
I have ended up keeping a spreadsheet of all my usernames and associated email addresses. At least that way I can use the password retrieval function.
Remembering passwords was bad enough when it was just 6 characters but then came longer minimum lengths, manadatory alpha numnerics, then mixed case alpha numbnerics and now starting to see special characters (I recently locked an encrypted pen drive by exceeded the retry limit because I forgot the "!" in the password)
If it gets any more "secure" I will have to start writing my passowords down.
nicknick, Welcome to WebmasterWorld!
|How many usernames do you have? |
That is a question I would never answer publicly. Call me paranoid but those lurking here at WebmasterWorld surely don't need to know that I have over 100 usernames and that there is no way they are going to run a dictionary attack on any of my properties using the one username I may state here. :)
That is 50% of the equation in many instances. Hence one of the reasons why you should "NEVER" use one username more than a few times and even then, there may be slight differences.
That's all? Woohoo, someone is off to do some probing. NO! Not me. :(
Actually, I have thousands of screen names. I'm most everyone on this board and most of the boards you visit. Except I'm not you. Usually.
I have dozens of logins for various sites. It got pretty tough keeping track of them all until I installed KeePass. This handy-dandy open-source password manager keeps all your logins in an encrypted file, and there's a search feature so you can find what you need quickly. Using the usernames and passwords is as simple as dragging them from the KeePass window onto the form field. It's a lifesaver.
|This handy-dandy open-source password manager. |
Ummmm did you say "open source"? I'm still learning all of this and that whole open source movement is impressive to say the least. But, I'm a bit concerned about entering all that information into an application that is "open source". I don't know why yet, maybe I'm just "super paranoid" about stuff like that.
I feel a lot safer with a password protected Excel file that is being held in multiple locations. And even then, there is a code required to decipher the passwords within the Excel file. That's somewhere else. I forgot where. ;)
Hundreds. But on any public message boards that really don't require security, I'm always rocknbil, with different passwords (sometimes. Not always) and I never play poser. If someone were to hack any of those accounts and post pics of me wearing a bra on my head and defame my character, well, we'd all have a good laugh and no one would notice or care.
Beyond that, yeah, hundreds, and the pass's change regularly, at least once a month.
Same user name almost everywhere. Google it, and you'll see.
My password is always set to the current microtime() [ca3.php.net]. Makes it easy to remember.
Two user names. Dozens of randomly generated passwords. PITA to keep track of them all. Never had an account hacked.
I have one user name (or slight variations thereof because someone already has Stefan) for everything but server access, emails, and the banking account - a total of about six or seven. Those are very obscure.
I also have the same password for all the newspaper websites I visit that require registration, which is totally obvious, but unforgettable. Those are most of the rest of my user/pw's. Really, if someone wants to hack my sign-in for the NY Times, I don't care. They can have it.
At one time, I had a fairly easy password for WW, but made it very secure after getting a lost pw email that I hadn't requested.
Okay, okay. I have one username that I use for everything, including access to my digital safe here under the house. Its a three letter non dictionary word. And I have a three letter non dictionary password. I'm not tellin' ya' what they are either!
Come on now, I understand this is Foo and all. Just be careful with how much 411 you share. Call me paranoid if you want, all it takes is one FAIL and you'll be sorry. Ask anyone who has had their identity stolen. They will tell you a horror story or two, or even three or four...
|Ummmm did you say "open source"? I'm still learning all of this and that whole open source movement is impressive to say the least. But, I'm a bit concerned about entering all that information into an application that is "open source". I don't know why yet, maybe I'm just "super paranoid" about stuff like that. |
It bothered me a bit at first too, but then I started learning more about the open source movement and decided they come out with some pretty good and reliable stuff. So now I go ahead and use open source software if it's actually useful and after researching it a bit to check its reputation. KeePass passed the test, and really is a very nice program.
*** It's a three letter non dictionary word ***
Somewhat less than 676 combinations then. I hope your system enforces a one-hour wait between attempts otherwise it is cracked within hours.
KEEPASS is your friend. My copy has a tad over 300 entries at the moment.
Sorry for messing with you topic creator, I'm actually every single person that's posted so far.
...I'd say I have 10 or so usernames, but only 4 or 5 are used frequently.
[edited by: StoutFiles at 8:02 pm (utc) on Aug. 13, 2008]
Ive lost count of all my usernames i just click remember me and maybe ill visit again soon .... i wonder what the security breaches of somethig like that are ?
okay to satisfy Pageoneresults .... I am wondering if we can ask the question :
Who has been hacked ?
"Remember Me" is only good until your browser profile is busted, or your Windows corrupted, or your hard-drive failed.
|Come on now, I understand this is Foo and all. Just be careful with how much 411 you share. |
True, true. But really, all my important ones, which aren't many, are fairly hack-proof - although you did get me thinking, and I obscured my NYT pw because I mentioned it in the thread. But really, I can't get too paranoid about newspaper log-in's. My profile usually has me over 100 years old, with the profession "clergy", variable gender, and an income that's totally preposterous. I don't use any of their "services", or email, so there really isn't anything to steal. Good advice anyway, though.
What's the problem with just one user name no matter how short it is? Isn't the real issue making sure to use lots of different and strong passwords?
malcolmcroucher: Never been hacked. Never even had to deal with a virus or other infection. Been online since the days of dial-up BBSes at 300 baud. I guess it has something to do with the fact I spent most of my professional life developing software for a bank where security was priority number one.