I just discovered a strategy for dramatically increasing the security of internet passwords. It was posted by Jim Bakic, a tech friend of mine, on his company’s IT blog. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/bIre1M
Creative as we writers are supposed to be, you’d think it would be easy to come up with a killer phrase per Jim’s recommendation. Except, um… I’m a writer. It’s hard to turn off the inner editor for routine, day-to-day communication.
I’ve rewritten messages such as “At grocery; back by 3:30” notes three times before I was satisfied. Confronted with a website that tells me to choose a screen name RIGHT NOW, I freeze. It took me weeks to choose an avatar. I can’t begin to imagine how long it would take me to choose just the right phrase for a password.
Hmm. Just the right phrase?
No, too obvious.
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