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Old 02-12-2015, 07:50 PM   #1
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Listen up dumbys!!!!! Account hacking attempts

TLDR - Use a good password on the OA, and everywhere.

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Passwords. You have them.

Are your passwords dumb? Is the OA password you have dumb? Is it easy to guess? Is you password "password" Or "12345" or some equally bad choice?

Simple advice - CHANGE THAT SHIT!

I bring this up because we have been getting "a lot" of reports from members that they have received alerts from the board saying that someone has tried to log into their account, and it was not them.

To clarify what "a lot" is. In a year I will usually see 1 report from a member saying they got such a message.

In the past couple of days I've seen about 10. Do the math.

Sooooo, it would appear that we have some douche bags trying to hack accounts the old school way. Which is, guessing passwords.

Which brings me back to the original point.

DON'T USE DUMB PASSWORDS!!!

There's nothing we can do on our end if someone figures out your password. And while you may not think it's a big deal if someone hacks your OA account consider this.

If they do, then they can see the email address you registered with. And if you were enough to use the same password here as you did on your email account, now they can hack your email...and from there? Oh MAMA! You could well be FVCKED.

You've been warned!!!
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Old 02-12-2015, 10:21 PM   #2
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Is "dEsm0w34rshotp4nts" a good PW?
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Old 02-13-2015, 02:49 AM   #3
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... and don't use the same password for your bank, or other sensitive accounts.

Pro tip for secure but simple passwords: use two unrelated words, and either substitute one or two letters for numbers (like diehli's excellent example above) or put one in between the words. Add a special character if required.
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Old 02-13-2015, 03:18 AM   #4
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Doesn't matter how many times you tell people these things, they continue to do so.
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... and don't use the same password for your bank, or other sensitive accounts.
^^^this is super important

For those that are forgetful, the are phone and computer apps that will store your password info for you should you forget. Also, most sites have an easy password recovery process so there's not a lot of risk if you do forget it.

Finally, if you must use the same password for multiple sites, at least append the name or abbreviation for the site onto the end of the password to make it unique. i.e - for this forum pw = D3sm0876fz1oa and for your bank pw = D3sm0876pnc. It's an easier way to remember different passwords.
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Old 02-13-2015, 03:31 AM   #5
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What about 54321? It's 12345, but backwards.
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Old 02-13-2015, 03:35 AM   #6
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What about 54321? It's 12345, but backwards.
We all know you're a little backwards so probably not a good idea for you
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Old 02-13-2015, 03:48 AM   #7
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a little?

I can just hear Cheryl every morning - Uh, dear, your undies aren't supposed to be on your head.....
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Is "dEsm0w34rshotp4nts" a good PW?
No, but dEsm0w34rshortp4nts or dEsm0w34rshortp4ntsS@dalsWxOcks should pass inspection.....
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Old 02-13-2015, 04:26 AM   #9
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... and don't use the same password for your bank, or other sensitive accounts.

Pro tip for secure but simple passwords: use two unrelated words, and either substitute one or two letters for numbers (like diehli's excellent example above) or put one in between the words. Add a special character if required.
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Old 02-13-2015, 04:27 AM   #10
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Good stuff:
http://www.infoworld.com/article/261...nk.html?page=2
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Old 02-13-2015, 04:42 AM   #11
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And remember, if they hack your account they can see all your dick pics in your PM's and then you'll have to hold a tearful press conference before being reelected to congress!
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Old 02-13-2015, 04:51 AM   #12
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My company has gotten so strict I have to make a full sentence with several special characters. And they just upped the ante. In addition to the impossible passwords, Now I have to use a program installed on my phone that generates a new code every 30 seconds. No phone, no access.
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Old 02-13-2015, 04:57 AM   #13
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Thank for the heads up, Desmo!

Just changed mine so it's the same as my bank. It is two related words so I know it's secure.
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And remember, if they hack your account they can see all your dick pics in your PM's and then you'll have to hold a tearful press conference before being reelected to congress!
If there was a like button on here, I would've clicked it
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My company has gotten so strict I have to make a full sentence with several special characters. And they just upped the ante. In addition to the impossible passwords, Now I have to use a program installed on my phone that generates a new code every 30 seconds. No phone, no access.
We have the same...what a royal PITA. Luckily, I can use the Good For Enterprise app on my iPad to access email.
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Old 02-13-2015, 06:50 AM   #15
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I'm a huge fan of LastPass. Free for desktop.
$1 per month for phones. Worth every penny. Creates passwords so complex I couldn't possible remember them which is fine.
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Old 02-13-2015, 08:35 AM   #16
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I used to work in parts departments, and have lots of 10-15 digit/number parts # memorized which come in handy for passwords.
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Old 02-13-2015, 09:04 AM   #17
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So, don't use dumb as a password then.
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Old 02-13-2015, 09:06 AM   #18
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Just got another report. So they aren't bored yet. I wonder if they've actually managed to hack one yet.
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Old 02-13-2015, 09:23 AM   #19
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Just got another report. So they aren't bored yet. I wonder if they've actually managed to hack one yet.
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Old 02-13-2015, 09:52 AM   #20
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Probably a disgruntled member that can't leave well enough alone.

I hide my passwords in plain sight on common, everyday products.

*0#Hold
MaruchanNTWT3oz
Model#545xx

Stuff like that. Random numbers and letters are everywhere around us. Then I throw in some other random character to change it just a bit.
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