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Reef 06-30-2005 08:34 AM

Keeping passwords on your comp
 
Please post reasons that could convince my friend as to why keeping your passwords stored on text documents in your harddrive is a not so great idea.

MrMoo 06-30-2005 11:02 AM

Re: Keeping passwords on your comp
 
Why try to convince him? It sounds like he's already made up his mind. I'm sure he's very aware that anyone who accesses his computer will have access to those passwords. He's a big boy, he can make his own decisions.

icepick 06-30-2005 01:52 PM

Re: Keeping passwords on your comp
 
Does he write his PIN number on the back of his ATM card?

Use Password Safe instead, it's much better.

grinin 06-30-2005 06:18 PM

Re: Keeping passwords on your comp
 
I can not say enough good things about keywallet which I think is similar freeware to password safe.

rlr 06-30-2005 07:13 PM

Re: Keeping passwords on your comp
 
I am using KeePass which is pretty much the same thing as PasswordSafe or Keywallet. Additionally I created a pretty bulky passphrase for it using Diceware in conjunction with a USB thumb drive (So it requires both the pass disk and the passphrase). I think it's one of the better solutions if you want to store your passwords. Why you'd store your passwords in plain text is beyond me.

Of course you're not immune to key-loggers.

o0mr_bill0o 07-01-2005 12:58 PM

Re: Keeping passwords on your comp
 
you actually are kind of immune to keyloggers with keypass since you never have to type out the passwords if it pastes them directly to your clipboard.

Guthrie 07-01-2005 04:24 PM

Re: Keeping passwords on your comp
 
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you actually are kind of immune to keyloggers with keypass since you never have to type out the passwords if it pastes them directly to your clipboard.

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How do you input the password to open Keypass without typing it or without storing it in plaintext on your computer?

grinin 07-02-2005 12:01 PM

Re: Keeping passwords on your comp
 
You do have to type (or copy/paste) the master password.

All of the pwords saved within can then simply be dragged and dropped.

I don't know too much about keyloggers but even if a hacker was to acquire your master pword, he would then have to be able to access the actual keepass, keywallet or passsafe program on your computer to get to the individual account pwords.

But, I am sure you are all going to tell me that it is fairly easy for someone who has a keylogger on your machine to also be able to remotely operate your desktop from their puter. eh? Geez, now what do I do?

Nomad84 07-04-2005 04:37 AM

Re: Keeping passwords on your comp
 
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How do you input the password to open Keypass without typing it or without storing it in plaintext on your computer?

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