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Take Control of Your Passwords, 3rd Edition by Joe Kissell

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Keep Your Passwords Secure

If you stored your fortune in a safe deposit box, you wouldn’t keep the key hanging on a hook outside your house. The same should be true of your passwords: if you keep them written on a whiteboard by your desk, they’re not safe. But even if you don’t write them down, there are many ways someone might discover your passwords.

In this chapter, I look at some of the ways your passwords might fall into the wrong hands, and give you tips on keeping them safe. I also discuss backing up your passwords and devising a plan to ensure that your passwords are available in case of emergency.

Avoid the “Weakest Link” Problem

Suppose you have a fantastic password that would take the world’s best supercomputers centuries to crack. ...

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