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#1

I was having a total nightmare putting in my password this morning…So
I called up the service desk and I tried to change my password …I still
had a problem with the systems accepting it…So when I was asked what
it was, I told them it was
“MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofyLondon”.

I couldn’t believe it when they asked me why I had such a long password!

As far as I am aware, I thought that my password had to be at least 8
characters long and include one capital’?

Cheers,
Norm. [TeamT]

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#2

Norm!

I couldn’t believe it when they asked me why I had such a long password!

As far as I am aware, I thought that my password had to be at least 8
characters long and include one capital’?

It depends! What’s the password to? Without referencing the manual, I
thought Oracle’s also could not start with a number.

I do have a problem with them asking you for your password. Very bad habit
for them to do as it gets a user (not one as savvy as yourself obviously!)
thinking that there are situations where it is OK to divulge their password.

I went to a half-day seminar on security some years ago (it was from DEC, if
that gives any idea). Even waaaay back then, they gave excellent advice on
passwords, even if they weren’t mixed case as was the way with VMS back
then. The idea being that it would be impossible to guess, extremely
difficult to brute force, and not require it be written down anywhere.

Use a minimum 10 characters. Take two of your favorite subjects – perhaps
“beer” and “Star Trek”. Combine elements of both. Double letters or add a
few numeric digits between the words. e.g. “SPOCK42MILLER”

I sometimes take this one step further and purposely mangle the words to
make them faster to type, basically turning the password into a pile of
mush.

And now, I attempt to install VMWare. Wheee!

Rich – [TeamT]

Disclaimer: Speaking of security, I am not one of the owners of the 400 new
Haiti internet domains this week.


#3

#4

Afternoon Rich,

it was, allegedly, a joke Rich!

As far as I am aware, I thought that my password had to be
at least 8 characters long and include one capital’?

“MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofyLondon”.

See, 8 characters and a capital?

I agree with all the rest though. Good advice. Mind you , we have a Unix
system here that we have to change our passwords on regularly. If we
make the password greater than 8 characters “sudo” stops working! So we
are limited to a slightly insecure 8 characters.

I know (think!) Unix only takes the first 8 anyway, but you’d think that
Sudo would do likewise. Sigh!

Many years ago, one manager in a place I worked set his password to the
registration number of a car that was always parked outside his window -
I kid you not. He never knew his password, he just looked out the window
and there it was.

Anyway, one day he came into work, went to login and lo, the car was
gone! The owner had left the business and gone to work somewhere else so
the manager could no longer login!

Cheers,
Norm. [TeamT]

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#5

I must be getting old. I got the capital but I did not get the 8 characters until I looked at it now.



#6

Our pswd scheme also requires a special character, so I submit this change:

MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofyLondonNorman

Best regards,
Mike

Michael S. Zarzycki, MTS | Manager of Engineering IT | Sensata Technologies,
Inc. | voice: 508-236-1015 | fax: 508-236-3701 | www.sensata.com | The World
Depends on Sensors and Controls


#7

Touché!


#8

A password is like a toothbrush; don’t share it and change it
periodically.

P.S. I choose my characters from Looney Tunes.

Dan

Daniel B Madvig
Computer Technologies

Northwestern College & Northwestern Media
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St. Paul, MN 55113
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#9

I must be getting old. I got the capital but I did not get the 8 characters
until I looked at it now.

[BLUSH!] Right there with you, Erwin.

I’ll be needing more tea today apparently, as I’m sure my oversight had
nothing to do with auditors requesting to see 4M rows from our GL with
columns separated by a carat “^”. TG for Toad!

Rich – [TeamDuh]

Disclaimer: Forest? What forest?


#10

[BLUSH!] Right there with you, Erwin.

Ok… add me in to the group in not catching it the first read
through… Worse… I’ve seen that punch line before in
association with passwords and still missed it :wink:

Roger S.