For those of you that had to change your password, what was it? I think this will be fun for those who don’t mind telling, and a good way to learn more about your fellow Dopers. And what did it mean?. I’ll go first. My old password was ‘lovelyladies’. I don’t really know why, it just always has been my password. It was my Hotmail password, so I had to change that, too.
Mine was “puppy77”. Just one of those “must be seven or more characters, my be letters or numbers” things. Used it as a password for an ISP 6yrs ago. Doesnt mean anything, just easy to remember for low-security access situations.
“The universe doesn’t give first warnings or second chances”
I’m one of the foolish sorts who don’t use a wide variety of passwords. I have 4 or so passwords that all play off the same idea. Sharing one could lead someone with some free time to my others. Sorry, I am curios about others though.
My password was header. Now this could have several meanings and anytime anyone has found out what it was they have inquired as to my meaning.
Computer term for beginning of a file.
Take a header of the diving board.
Maybe some other obsure reference.
Mine is based on when I first met my wife. Her name is Heather. We were in college and she had a Dutch roommate and another friend from Scotland. The Dutch roommate could not say the TH sound from english, so it came out a T sound. The guy from Scotland would sort of make fun of her and over emphasize it and use a D so he called her Header. I picked up on the term and that is one of my pet names for my wife that reminds us of when we first met.
My password was the street address of the building I live in. Since I have a mailing address few people knew where I lived.
To keep things simple I used everywhere, so I had to change it everwhere.
I’m thinking of changing my screen name, which is also my e-mail. It will have fog in it.
Mine was evdUP3. I don’t use it anywhere else. On Wednesday when the board was up, I couldn’t think of anything to change it to that I would remember, so I changed it to the same password as one of my e-mail accounts until I thought of something better. I changed it again yesterday to something I’m sure I’ll forget.
My old password was endive - a type of lettuce. I tend to pick whatever word pops into my head whenever I’m asked to provide a password, actually this make sense security wise since none of my password are ever the same and really have no connection to me personnally, hard to track, for those of us with a hyperactive paranoia gland.
All you need to start an asylum is an empty room and the right kind of people.
I have a confession to make…I didn’t change my password. It may make me a bad person but it would actually be a huge pain in the butt with almost no gain. I use the same username and password for all my chat and gameplaying stuff. Essentially anything that I don’t actually care aboout the security of. So until I notice a problem I’ll just leave my password the same.
I use a lot of passwords at work. We have to change them often and we’re not allowed to write them down, so I have to use a system to keep track of them. For a while I used words with double letters in them – “aardvark”, “balloon”, “cabbage” – in alphabetical order. Then the rules changed and I had to use at least one non-letter, non-digit character, so I’d throw in an underscore or dot or something.
On all my frivolous logins (like SDMB) I used the same password everywhere since there was no harm done if it was discovered. I did change it on here, but one reason I always use the same password was so I could remember it in places where I only logged on every six months or so.
If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
As a network admin/ISM I always advise those that are on my network to never use words that can be found in the dictionary or obvious things like birthdates, family member names etc.
Like in my example, the girl at work wanted to use “tiger” as her password since she loves tigers. I talked her into using the combo of letters and numbers to spell out a word, t1g3r. (3 is just a backwards big E) 2=A (since it’s the “at” symbol) 3=E, 1=I, 0=O, and U has no real corresponding number though. Any ideas on that?