Two ideas for generating secure passwords

June 9, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More

These two ideas are offered at Slate, by Farhad Manjoo.


Category: Internet

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    Here’s another useful tip. On the security questions used by some sites for password recovery, give errant answers. For example, if the security question is “What is your mother’s maiden name?”, and the correct answer is “Lancaster”, then answer with something like “Kolwalski”.

    • Erich Vieth says:

      Niklaus: What, in your experience, is the best way (if you’re willing speak in general terms–I don’t want you to compromise your own system) to remember all of your complex passwords and security questions? I figure that one of the worst ways would be to put them into a folder called “Passwords.” And I frankly don’t trust handing my passwords to any online service.

    • Niklaus Pfirsig says:

      I usually have no problem with the passwords I use daily, but for the one I use less often, I use a password keeper program developed by a coworker that encrypts the password and other info by a master password which acts as an encryption key.

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