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Old 06-25-2016, 12:35 PM   #1
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Password strength and security

Today I received an email from Toyota RAV4 Forums notifying me that I and all other members have been issued a new password due to a data breach of VerticalScope.com. I signed in with my new password and then followed their directions in their Notice of Data Breach on changing my password to one of my own choosing and how to make my password unique and strong.

They recommend using 10 or more characters with a mixture of upper-and-lower case letters, numbers and symbols... and to not use the same password for multiple online accounts... and to change passwords periodically.

After updating my password on Toyota RAV4 Forums, I then upgraded my password on AirForums and improved its strength, which seems more important than ever in light of the increasing DDOS and brute force attacks seen on AirForums recently and throughout the internet.

This seems like a good time to remind members to review their password strength and security.
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Absolutely. Use a longish password that is hard to guess. It does not have to be random. A few different short English words strung together with numbers and a symbol is hard to guess. The trick is to make it as long as a site will put up with.

I had a friend that used a line of Vietnamese poetry, in English characters. It was his favorite, long, and for him easy to remember. A computer password cracker program would not have come up with it because if the length.

I made my living as a paid paranoid in the computer security end of the business. Still do.




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Great reminder.

Something else to think about: passwords

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I wondered about that.

Verticalscope bought a bunch of enthusiast forums a month or so ago.

Not too impressed that they're having data security issues.
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I wondered about that.

Verticalscope bought a bunch of enthusiast forums a month or so ago.

Not too impressed that they're having data security issues.
So this is why I got an email about changing my PW at another site a couple of weeks ago . . .

I don't use that forum much any more so I am going to let that sleeping dog lie for a while . . .

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Old 06-25-2016, 04:17 PM   #6
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Only if you don't reuse that password elsewhere.....


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In today's world, the password should be at least 10 digits, and include upper and lower case letters plus numbers. Used to be 8 digits was enough; no more. Soon 12 digits will be the norm.
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Some places are requiring 16 now. (Sigh)


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Here's a link to a news article with details on the VerticalScope hack.
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Here's a link to a news article with details on the VerticalScope hack.
Thanks, Phoenix, for this link to zdnet.com's news article, "Hacker steals 45 million accounts from hundreds of car, tech, sports forums," that includes this brief excerpt:

"Many of the forums ran versions of vBulletin software dating back to 2007. Most were running software versions that were easily exploitable by hackers with known vulnerabilities."

This article underscores the importance of having a strong password, changing it periodically, and not using the same password on multiple online sites!
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Thanks for this discussion, password changed.
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Today I received an email from Toyota RAV4 Forums notifying me that I and all other members have been issued a new password due to a data breach of VerticalScope.com. I signed in with my new password and then followed their directions in their Notice of Data Breach on changing my password to one of my own choosing and how to make my password unique and strong.

They recommend using 10 or more characters with a mixture of upper-and-lower case letters, numbers and symbols... and to not use the same password for multiple online accounts... and to change passwords periodically.

After updating my password on Toyota RAV4 Forums, I then upgraded my password on AirForums and improved its strength, which seems more important than ever in light of the increasing DDOS and brute force attacks seen on AirForums recently and throughout the internet.

This seems like a good time to remind members to review their password strength and security.
When I received the email mentioned above, telling me my password had been reset, it included a link to a webpage where I could change my password to one of my own liking. I was impressed that they also included this good advice: "If you suspect this email is a scam, you can confirm the legitimacy of this email by manually navigate to the forum URL yourself and use your new password to log in."

This good advice is further explained in The Seattle Times article of June 24, 2016:

"Instructed to reset password? How to avoid being phished"
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A method I have used for years. Pretend you are a novelist preparing a new novel, invent a persona, give them a history, a life, make it as real as you can. Then let the new character pick the password. That way even someone that may know you very well will not be able to guess and you can still remember it easy. And of course, apply the above suggestions about a mixture of symbols.
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