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Hi guys! I love your show ^^ I just finished listening to the episode on passwords, and wanted to throw my two cents in, since my methods weren't mentioned...
My first, and I think most effective, is sheer muscle memory--I usually use a password generator, change some of the characters given, and then type it a million times until my fingers do it for me. As a side benefit, you can't usually accidentally blurt out your password, since you know it by feel rather than by (aural) memory.
Also, I've found that changing your keyboard layout for a password can be an added layer of security...obviously as soon as someone figures out that you're using the layout it stops being helpful, but it's a basic find-and-replace kind of algorithm that can probably help if you use a password that would be otherwise guess-able.
And lastly, I was amused by the griping about having things delayed on the West Coast...but I can one-up you; I'm from Hawaii, and not only are things delayed, but we also occasionally get your time zone's broadcasts, so things that are at a normal hour for mainlanders end up being in the middle of the school/work day here, despite already being delayed! Haha, just had to throw that in.
But, keep up the great work on the show, really fantastic job!
keakealani Honolulu, Hawaii
So after listening to your podcasts on passwords I am a little concerned on my practices. I believe that I have made secure passwords for all personal information. Unfortunately, I store them in a password protected Excel '03 file. After hearing Rafe rail on the security of such a thing, I believe that I have self-defeated my secure passwords by storing them in such a way. Where would you store all your passwords? I know you all mentioned were password managers. But what if I store it in my excel file that is password protected and in a hidden folder, that good enough?
Thanks again for doing the podcasts and I always look forward to it. Keep rockin' it.
I was surprised that there was no mention of pwdhash (http://crypto.stanford.edu/PwdHash/) in the password episode of RealDeal, particularly since it was developed at Stanford University, right down the road from CNET.
I really thought I'd be playing "Captain Obvious" by posting it as a great password solution. Do you have any opinions on pwdhash?
Rob (from Sedona)