MacMost Now 337: Strong Online Passwords

Do you use a dictionary word, date or common password for your online accounts? Then it is only a matter of time before your accounts are compromised. Learn how to use strong passwords for your online accounts to protect yourself. You can use the Mac OS X Password Assistant to create random letter and number combinations. Read more about online password security at http://macmost.com/online-password-security.html.

Comments: 9 Responses to “MacMost Now 337: Strong Online Passwords”

    forkboy1965
    9 years ago

    Always a great subject to cover. And thanks for the heads-up on the random password generator built into OS X; never heard of it before.

    Vicki
    9 years ago

    I created what I consider a strong password. It had Capital and lower case, plus numbers in the password.
    I also had my account with PayPal, which is why the person who did it got caught so fast. (I don’t know why that is but I’m glad.)
    I got breached anyway. I’d hate to see what it would have been like if I hadn’t used PayPal.
    I still don’t understand how they even got my SSN, since I never put it anywhere in the account. PayPal has no slot for SSN. You use your bank card or credit instead. I don’t think I even put my SSN on that. These days, I refuse to give my SSN to anything online. PayPal doesn’t ask and nobody else will get it from me.
    I wonder what type of trouble the person they caught is going to get into. I can’t wait to see.

      9 years ago

      If you had a strong password, then they probably didn’t get it from a dictionary attack. Instead, they may have gotten it from phishing, or maybe you logged in on a public WiFi or a public computer. They could have also used your “secret question” answers in Paypal to get it.

      9 years ago

      Oh, and Social Security numbers are relatively easy to get. Any private eye can get someone’s ss# for a small fee. I’m sure other can do it easily too. Not sure of the methods, I just know your SS# is not secure.

    Vicki
    9 years ago

    I forgot to say thank you for doing this video while I was busy thinking of my recent mishap.
    I used a name but not one you’d find in a book of names. But it WAS a name. I’m not using it now, so I have no concern saying it.
    I’m going to do what you said. That’s why I’m thanking you.

    Robert
    9 years ago

    Hi,you can try to use LoginTrap.It’s prog can capture every login events by using iSight.It really good tool.

    Mr Anthony Cotton
    7 years ago

    I was on the Gizmondo website,and this guy brought this topic up.
    He said it was bordering on privacy law. When you fill in your private details to join a website. I mentioned your site,that you don`t have to have a password.
    I said you just use your email address,but he wasn`t satisfied with that.
    I have had up to 8 IDs for Apple,and i right them down in a book. The last Apple ID i just dealt with it the other day. I was sick of going backwards and forwards to my email account,and i don`t have a clue when it says these do not match,when i have it written down in a book. This also happen`s i start off on the Apple UK site,and after a while i look down and i find myself on the Apple USA site. This also happens with Adobe.Back to the password topic,you have my email address,and this guy said i would not trust that site. I said why,then he said some computer jargon. I said i trust him fully,but he could not understand why i did not have a password,and i would like to know why just to tell him. I hope you can understand what i am trying to say Gary.

      7 years ago

      I don’t understand what you are asking. There is no login for MacMost — you don’t have either a user name or a password. You have no account. There are no accounts. I don’t “have” your email address as part of an account.
      Maybe you suggested to him that you have an account and that this account didn’t have a password? But that’s not true. There is no account, no ID, nothing like that at MacMost.

    Mr Anthony Cotton
    7 years ago

    Yes i know that Gary. I told him i did not have an account,password,username.
    I know there is no account on your site Gary.
    Try telling this guy. He has been on to me again,but i am just ignoring him.

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