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Comment How to create strong passwords easy to remember (Score 1) 480

Do not use personal information. You should never use personal information as a part of your password. It is very easy for someone to guess things like your last name, pet's name, child's birth date and other similar details.

Do not use real words. There are tools available to help attackers guess your password. With today's computing power, it doesn't take long to try every word in the dictionary and find your password.

Mix different character types. You can make a password much more secure by mixing different types of characters. Use some uppercase letters along with lowercase letters, numbers and even special characters such as '&' or '%'.

Use a passphrase. Rather than trying to remember a password created using various character types which is also not a word from the dictionary, you can use a passphrase. Think up a sentence or a line from a song or poem that you like and create a password using the first letter from each word.

Comment Re:Brilliant idea (Score 1) 480

A device that is strongly encrypted can be stolen or lost. That should buy you enough time to change all your passwords. I use Truecrypt in combination with KeepassX on a USB stick. I keep a backup at home, just in case. Each time I update or add a password, I sync the 2 devices. I generate all my passwords with pwgen (pwgen -sy to be exact) and I use the maximum authorized password length that a site provides. For example, Google allows up to 100 characters. The USB device itself is encrypted with a strong password and several keyfiles, that I only know where to find. An alternative is to use steganography to store all your passwords. Linux offers steghide, which is quite easy to use.

Comment A programmer yes, a hacker no (Score 1) 767

Programming languages are becoming more and more accessible. I'm thinking Ruby. Understanding the syntax and reading the book doesn't make you a good programmer. Sure, you'll be able to write some utility, but it takes years of practice, understanding of low level architecture and talent to be a good programmer or hacker. I don't have that skill. I tried, but I'm too impatient and I have to admit I lose intrest after a while. Since I know I don't have that talent, I leave it to those who have it and I thank them. Thank you Linux devs. We love you.

Submission + - Cops Strip Search Mom for ignoring stop sign: lawsuit

John Holmes writes: "Last July, Leila Tarantino claims that she was pulled over by an officer with the Citrus County Sheriff's Department. In the suit, Tarantino says she came to a full stop and should have never been pulled over in the first place.

A passing cop pulled a u-turn, flashed the lights, and rolled up behind her. Tarantino claims that the cop immediately drew his weapon, pulled her from the car, and refused to explain why he pulled her over. Tarantino's two young children watched all of this unfold from inside her car.

The cop then placed Tarantino in the back of the squad car, where she allegedly sat for two hours. When backup arrived, Tarantino was strip searched on the side of the road, where passing motorists could see everything.

Then, in a gruesome twist, a female officer "forcibly removed" a tampon from Tarantino. Presumably, the cops were looking for drugs, but the lawsuit notes that a drug-sniffing dog was never called in, and cops never found any contraband or anything illegal."

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