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Password Protection

Postby Catspaw » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:50 am

Everyone,

I want to encourage you all to have a strong password for your account, in light of some issues that have come up lately on phpBB boards around the world.

darcie the wise tech person wrote:It is like a spam bot, but an automated bot that tries to brute force passwords. It tries the most commonly used ones like 123456, password, qwerty, abc123.


A few people have reported getting a message saying that they have exceeded the maximum number of login attempts here on the ToO, but it's their first attempt. That is because of this bot. If you get the message, it means that it tried and failed. We want to make sure that it keeps failing, so please consider your password and think about whether it needs to be upgraded. Capital letters, symbols, and numbers all help make a password stronger, and of course you should avoid the obvious ones listed in Darcie's quote above.

I know that in light of what's going on, this doesn't seem as important, but please just take a few seconds to make sure your account is secure. Thank you.

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Re: Password Protection

Postby bookworm » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:53 am

Ah, I was wondering why I kept getting that message! Thanks Catspaw.
I haven’t gotten it in a while, so I guess it gave up.
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Re: Password Protection

Postby ric » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:54 am

So, is there any reason not to just stay logged in? Because that's what I do.
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Re: Password Protection

Postby bookworm » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:56 am

I do too ric, but occasionally I have to log in briefly in a different browser to use a feature that doesn't work with my main one. That's when I got it. ;)
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Re: Password Protection

Postby Trixie Belden » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:57 am

Here is a site I use to detirmine how safe my password is. The one I have now would take about 12 years to crack, so I think I'm okay. Here's the site for anyone: http://howsecureismypassword.net/
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Re: Password Protection

Postby bookworm » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:59 am

password checker wrote:About 28 million years
I wonder how they determine the times.

Edit:

I just read their explanation. I don't know if that's an accurate way to determine password strength, but it's at least a basic gauge.
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Re: Password Protection

Postby Moontide » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:17 pm

password checker wrote:About 9 years

Looking at other peoples, maybe I should look into upgrading it. :anxious:
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Re: Password Protection

Postby Helovesus » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:32 pm

About 8 thousand years

Lol.. I think I'll be safe. :-
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Re: Password Protection

Postby SivartM » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:57 pm

Thanks for the warning, Catspaw! I was wondering what that login thing was about. My password will now take 53,000 years to crack. :yes:
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Re: Password Protection

Postby mdetective12 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:58 pm

About 4 days


...I better think about another safe password...
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Re: Password Protection

Postby jelly » Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:53 pm

lulz, mine said 4 days too. However I know for a fact that no one would ever be able to 'crack' my password. ;) It seems to measure password strength in the number of characters used, and my password isn't that long, so.
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Re: Password Protection

Postby The Top Crusader » Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:16 pm

I had gotten that message a bunch of times because I often misspell my password... but I never got around to complaining about it. \:D/
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Re: Password Protection

Postby Leonard Meltsner » Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:59 pm

(This is TGRC related)

I just went to that "How Secure is Your Password" site, and it said that "stiletto" would take only 13 minutes to crack! Eugene needs a better program!
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Re: Password Protection

Postby Laurie » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:07 pm

I had gotten that message a few times but not recently. The last time I got the message I was able to log in without any problem, but that does not mean that I will be successful again. If I get it again I will change my password and see what happens. At least now I know that when it happens it is not me, my computer or my internet set up.
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Re: Password Protection

Postby Steve » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:38 pm

Holy cow! Mine would take less than a year to crack! I think I might change it.
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Re: Password Protection

Postby Leonard Meltsner » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:53 pm

Johnaverywhittaker would take 3 billion years... if any wants to use it...
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Re: Password Protection

Postby Shadowfax » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:23 pm

Quick -- everyone try and hack my account! It will be cracked in 32 seconds. \:D/
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Re: Password Protection

Postby minichef » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:45 pm

Leonard Meltsner wrote:Johnaverywhittaker would take 3 billion years... if any wants to use it...


Why would we use that password, because everyone would then know our Password??
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Re: Password Protection

Postby Leonard Meltsner » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:09 pm

Shadowfax wrote:Quick -- everyone try and hack my account! It will be cracked in 32 seconds. \:D/


So it's 7 letters long...
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Re: Password Protection

Postby EMBEE » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:37 pm

Apparently mine would take 47 trillion years to crack... I suppose I'm safe.
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