Website security and passwords

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Sunshine Flock, Dec 18, 2017.

  1. Sunshine Flock

    Sunshine Flock Crowing

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    It's a good time of year to do a complete sweep and refresh for your passwords.

    Just a few minutes ago I received an email from WordFence, a plugin I installed for my website. They woke up in the middle of the night to what they're saying is the worst brute force attack on WordPress websites they've ever seen.

    https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2017...rce=list&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=121817

    So I immediately logged in and changed my password. I use the auto-generate feature on the profile page; it's always strong and totally random with lots of characters, letters and numbers. I suggest you do the same if you have a website.

    And wouldn't you know. When I logged out, refreshed the page, and tried logging in again with the old password, the system locked me out. Why? Too many failed login attempts.

    Something was actively trying to hack my website.

    Your first line of defense is a strong password. No passwords like this, folks: CrazyChickenLady12345 or JustHatchedMeSomeGoodOnes!!

    Gone are the days of passwords you can remember. If you can remember your password, it's not strong enough.

    I'm going to change all of my passwords today. If you automatically save your passwords, just go to the browser preferences, click on passwords and you'll find all of them listed. Sometimes we create so many accounts, we can't remember who, what, where, when and why!

    Merry Christmas!!
     
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  2. Sunshine Flock

    Sunshine Flock Crowing

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    I just remembered something really important.

    Don't forget to change the password on your router. They come with preprogrammed passwords. These passwords may be common to large batches of the same model of router. Call your service provider and ask them to walk you through the steps to change the router password.

    Baby monitors and other wireless devices come with passwords, too. Change all of them to be safe.
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Nowadays everything wants you to use passwords. I get so frustrated because I can't come up with ones that I will remember. Using random letters and /or numbers means nothing to me. When I've listed pass words and hid them in a special place, of course I can't remember where that is.
     
  4. Sunshine Flock

    Sunshine Flock Crowing

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    My mom keeps everything in a password book. I've done that, too. But I finally gave up and let my Safari browser memorize everything for me. It doesn't feel safe, though. Last year I was stalked online. He hacked my email and tried to access my website. So I changed all passwords, wrote them down, and didn't save any of them to my browser. It was really inconvenient, though, and so I stopped doing that.
     
  5. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    Actually, they say phrases make the best passwords these days, but you have to throw in some numbers and characters to fortify it.

    I can’t remember my passwords half of the time anymore, so I create a new one almost any time I have to log in to an account. “Forgot”. Lol

    As well, I would not give out my pet names. Chicken names maybe, but not dog names as those are security questions sometimes. Just thinking out loud when I came upon a thread here about dogs names.
     
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  6. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    Oh also, I like the two step verification or send a code to my phone for me to log in. Can’t remember pw anyway. ;)
     
  7. luckyjack

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    Thanks for the useful info! Internet security is a serious issue today. Additionally I use proxy to protect my privacy. It helps me to hide my real ip and stay calm that my personal data are secured from online snoopers.
     

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