Excellent review of password pitfalls

I used to regularly read Lifehacker, but lately it seems to be loaded with…I don’t know…fluff. This Lifehacker article on password storage, however, is mandatory reading. These takeaway points are good, but read the whole article; it doesn’t take long.

  • All web sites store passwords on their servers. How they are stored (in plain text, encrypted, etc.) is what matters.
  • If a web site will send you your “lost password” in an email, the site’s security is horrible.
  • Easily guessed or crackable passwords are already known to hackers, which is wh you need your own unique strong one. You’re not as clever as you think, so don’t go with password1, studmuffin, etc.
  • The longer your password, the better.

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