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Aditu
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Icon 1 posted September 05, 2006 15:11      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I just tried to explain to a patron that he didn't want to use his social as his PIN for my computer system. He informed me that he liked doing that. He uses it for as many computer passwords as he can because he can remember it.

I tried to explain why this wasn't a good idea, but hey, he can remember it.

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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted September 05, 2006 15:43      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
There's a story from many years ago, about a convention of bank computer security experts. One of the speakers mentioned that research showed x% of people used the last 4 digits of their phone number as their ATM PIN. That evening, 38 people used the ATM in the lobby to change their PINs.

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I've changed it since, but my ATM pin number used to be the date (ddmm) that I lost my virginity. Very easy to remember [Wink]

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dragonman97

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Icon 1 posted September 05, 2006 19:12      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I once used a /friend's/ last 4 numbers...I'd never use my own. I was quite sure the former wouldn't be readily guessable. My last one was a fun one that would be equally good, and my current one is kind of stupid and prob. hard to crack. I should probably change it again at some point.

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Cap'n Vic

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Icon 1 posted September 05, 2006 19:52      Profile for Cap'n Vic     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:
I just tried to explain to a patron that he didn't want to use his social as his PIN for my computer system. He informed me that he liked doing that. He uses it for as many computer passwords as he can because he can remember it.

I tried to explain why this wasn't a good idea, but hey, he can remember it.

What was his name? .....and address?

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Jace Raven

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My bank randomly generates pins per card and wont let you change them without getting a new card.

I haven't decided if I like that or not.

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Icon 1 posted September 05, 2006 21:09      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The great thng about being a geek is that there are so many obscure physical and mathematical constants to choose from.

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Rhonwyyn

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Icon 1 posted September 05, 2006 21:50      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
If I have problem remembering someone's birthday, I assimilate the mmdd form of their birthdate into my passwords. It definitely helps! [Smile]

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Ashitaka

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Icon 1 posted September 06, 2006 00:31      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I think it is cool that my bank allows up to ten numbers in the pin, I use six. It just seems more secure to me. I don't know if it actually is.

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Astronomer Jedi
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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
The great thng about being a geek is that there are so many obscure physical and mathematical constants to choose from.

Why stop at constants, why not go further and use mathematical relations with the operators removed?

ie.
Emc2
FGm1m2r2
Fq1q2r2

you don't wanna see Schrodinger's Equation

[Razz]

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drunkennewfiemidget
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Icon 1 posted September 06, 2006 03:46      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Astronomer Jedi:

you don't wanna see Schrodinger's Equation

[Razz]

cat + hammer = ow?
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quote:
Originally posted by DNM:
cat + hammer = ow?

I just couldn't resist:

cat + hammer = meow


And I know what the astronomer is talking about... my briefcase combination is the first 6 digits of pi.

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quantumfluff
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I use different passwords and PINs for every account I have everywhere. I also use a distinct email address for every web site I register with. I keep track of them on sheets of paper that I keep in a folder, so they are never sitting in a file on my computers.

Paranoia is just heightened awareness

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Jace Raven

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quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
I use different passwords and PINs for every account I have everywhere. I also use a distinct email address for every web site I register with. I keep track of them on sheets of paper that I keep in a folder, so they are never sitting in a file on my computers.

Paranoia is just heightened awareness

How many people come in contact with your work space everyday?
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quantumfluff
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Icon 1 posted September 06, 2006 10:48      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Only immediate family. I work at home. I also only type passwords into my desktop machine or notebook, which I never let anyone else touch. If I don't have my notebook with me when travelling, I don't read my mail.
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Metasquares
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Icon 1 posted September 06, 2006 12:02      Profile for Metasquares   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My PINs usually have mathematical significance.

(And despite my interest in perfect numbers, it is not 8128!)

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