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Security of passwords

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andreas

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Posted: 2005-12-31 10:46:00   

Hello everybody,



as you know GLOBO does have some technologies installed which do contribute to a strong security. For example if somebody is trying to brake into your account with a password he/she is guessing the system will notify you after you login for fault login tries since last login. Within a certain amount of time there are also only 3 tries possible, after this the account will be blocked for 1 hour to make sure that nobody will use a so called "bruet force" atack. This means trying random passwords which might fit out of a dictionary. As you see braking into your account with a guessed password is really hard and almost impossible. Almost because it depends on your selection of the password.



Is your password strong enough?



I am asking this, because we did have a case where someone broke into toribios account guessing his very easy password. No idea why anybody should do this. I asume for the same reason as people do bad things in real live. My advice for you now is: select a strong password for your account!



What are strong passwords?



Strong means "hard to guess". For example a random combination of characters combinded with numbers will be nobodies guess. Example: kU3x1qPd



What are week passwords?



In general every password which can be found inside a dictionary. The name of a person, a dog or similar. Names of cities etc. A terrible thing would also be to use your user name as password. As GLOBO is a community, there is info available about your passions. For example if you pick a password which fits your description, that would not need many tries to guess.



Per default your password does have to have at least 6 characters. So pick your password carefully, exchange it if you feel that your password is week.



Best regards,



Andy


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marianne

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Posted: 2005-12-31 10:50:00   

Andy,



This is excellent. I can tell you it works, because I misspelt my password and got a message. I am glad to hear that we will only be banned for one hour.



Happy 2006 to you and staff.



Marianne

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rangutan

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Posted: 2005-12-31 11:55:00   

Thanks for making GLOBO a safer place Andy. It is about time to change my password too after 16 months! Rudi

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bootlegga

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Posted: 2006-01-01 20:20:00   

One lesson I was taught to create a strong password is to take the first letter from a sentence you are fond of. For example if you are a fan of Shakespeare, you can do something like this;



Where for art thou Romeo? = WfatR



Then add any number (22) you like and you have a very strong password; 22WfatR.



And, no that's not my password, or even close to mine, but I'm sure you get the idea.

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