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Joost Volunteer moderator says

I’m using Stanford’s PWDHash. It’s a browser plugin that generates a new password for every site based on the combination of your master password and the website URL. This way, you’ll have unique (client-sided!) passwords without having to store a database anywhere.

You’re not storing your master password anywhere either – you can store the unique passwords in your browser’s password memory if you want to, and if one of these uniques leaks, your master password (and all other passwords) is still perfectly safe (assuming you choose a strong master password). You can just as easily use multiple master passwords if you want to, but then you’ll have to remember them ;)

There is one downside, namely that you’ll have to have access to the browser plugin to generate these unique passwords. However, you can also use the Javascript form on their website for this, or one of the smartphone apps out there that implements the same hash function. :)

EDIT: I only now realised you’re not assuming your own computer is safe.. In that case, PWDHash is quite difficult to use. But I guess when your own computer gets infected on such a level that attackers can read your browser’s stored passwords, anything will have been keylogged..

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Joost Volunteer moderator says

EDIT: Disregard most of what I said here. I cut out the wrongsies now :)

Conclusion is: if you’re re-using the password anywhere, well.., you shouldn’t. This is absolutely key. Find a way to manage your passwords such that you do not need to repeat them. Have a look at PWDHash (which is a neat algorithmic solution) or 1Password / LastPass / KeePass (password management tools). If all else fails, even prepending a (few) different letter(s) each time already helps.

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Joost Volunteer moderator says

Nice website! I really like the simplistic approach :)


pretty much 86% of those confession are describing my person.

except this

http://confessium.com/con-119-i-play-pokemonx I don’t play pokemon :)

Dude! You’re missing out! :P

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Joost Volunteer moderator says

Congrats, TNL :)

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Joost Volunteer moderator says

Remove Transmit ? and try again ?? or Mavericks… Hoping you suggest Transmit lol

They were suggesting Transmit, although I’m doubtful it will do anything if you simply remove the .app and leave preferences in tact. I mean, it’s highly unlikely the .app was changed, but it might have left preferences that don’t properly work with 10.9. I usually do not advocate these kind of tools (as they are not necessary for regular removing of unused software), but for this specific problem it might actually be benefitial to use AppCleaner

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Joost Volunteer moderator says

Welcome aboard :)

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Joost Volunteer moderator says

I already have one, does participating twice get me a gold one?! :D

Only if you’ll grow two mustaches at once, I’d wager :chuckle:

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Joost Volunteer moderator says

Holycrap this thread was a shocker to open :shocked:

Having a go now! Is it me or did the same crazy son of a gun sneak in there three times? (L, Q, W)? Or is it just the awesome shirt that’s leading me on? ;)

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Joost Volunteer moderator says

I’ve got Prey installed, and I definitely feel more secure for it.

There’s a pro plan that provides you with some nice extra features (including ‘on-demand’ tracking etc), but the free featureset is already quite nice and sufficient for the average user. The web interface provides you with a great control pannel to manage it all. A great thing about Prey is that it’s open source – you can easily thumb through the shell scripts that power it, and see what it does.

They also offer the possibility (and resources) to run the entire thing on your own server. This allows you to add some nice features that are still under development (and partially available in the source), such as reverse SSH tunneling. I still have half a mind to set that up / work on that sometime, but I haven’t really gotten around to it ;)

All in all, I’ve happily recommended Prey to both technically and non-technically inclined friends. You won’t notice it’s there until you need it, and then you’re happy you got it.

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Joost Volunteer moderator says

glad it’s free, otherwise $20 for each dot release gets rather expensive considering this is 8 or 9. I think the next will likely be charged, that said they’ve got enough cash reserves to give it free forever…

I really doubt they can ever go back to release them for a price after they’ve made it free now.. Perhaps that’s wishful thinking ;)

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