The Password Is…


Lock photoSo, I was driving to work, listening to the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – for U.S. followers), and they were talking about the Heartbleed bug.

Well, they were actually talking about changing passwords, and how important it is to make them fairly complex, differentiated, and not in any way predictable or guessable.

I am SHER locked.

Of course, this level of complication makes passwords extremely forgettable.

Wait. I want to digress a bit. Let’s play a game. This is how you figure out your Movie Star name. Your first name is the the name of the first pet you ever had. Your last name is your mother’s maiden name. My Movie Star name is Snoopy Masters. What’s yours?

And while you’re at it, why don’t you just save me some time and tell me your father’s middle name, the street you grew up on, and your favourite fictional character, because clearly you want to be the victim of identity theft.

WHAT!?!

Most webpages let you reset your password, or at least get a hint, if you can accurately answer a security question that you set up when you registered. You know what I mean. “What is the name of the first street you grew up on?” “What was the name of your first pet?” Imagine my shock when I heard the CBC hosts talking about how con artists set up these posts and threads, collecting people’s information with innocent little internet games.

Not as advanced as the scene in Now You See Me, but just as effective.

So, NO MORE “What’s your Rocker Name” games for me. Or you, I hope.

 

 

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One response

  1. Funny, a few days ago i was telling mum about the number of times you see stuff like this on Facebook and people giving all this info away.

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