Friday, 4 May 2018

How I manage my passwords for total security that no one (not even NSA) can break.

First: Buy yourself a 32 gig USB stick, this is enough to hold over a million passwords.

Second: Format the disk, choose FAT

Third: Create a directory on the disk and Call it whatever you like, example "My passwords"

Fourth: Put a password on this directory call it "DirPass" or something similar.

Fifth: Make sure the password is a 64-bit password that employs letters, upper case/lower case, numbers and symbols, using notepad or similar. Save this file outside of the directory with the name "MainPass".

Sixth: Add notepad to the USB stick so it's always handy. You will use that to create all the passwords that you will store in that directory.

Seventh: Create your first password say "TwitterPass.txt". Inside the document place, the email address used to login to twitter. Under it place a 64-bit password such as:
"12345$youre#cransit@BCRCOM... and so on till you have 64 bits (it will take a hacker over a million years to crack such a password).

Eighth: Save the file inside your Passwowrded directory (on the USB disk).

Eighth: Add a program such as CC cleaner on the USB disk (as well as your hard drive) the Professional CCleaner is better than the free one and make sure it is always active as a service when you are using a browser to surf the internet.

Now let's say you want to login to your Twitter account (or any account including your bank account etc.). You may be using Edge (Microsoft) or Chrome (Google) or Firefox. In any case, you will plug in your USB drive, enter the password to access the directory, open the file that contains your Twitter password, select it, copy it and paste it in your Twitter password form.

The browser will offer to save your password for automated login next time: Click on NO. Because this is where hackers grab your password from, especially the one pertaining to your bank account!

Now you are logged into Twitter, do whatever you have to do, then, when you are finished, log out and close the browser. CCleaner (Professional) will notify you that your browser cache has been cleaned so there is no trace of your password on the hard drive and all the cookies that want to track you and your transactions have been deleted. That includes Trojans and other malicious software that crowds the internet and floods your cache everytime you browse the Internet.

Unplug the USB stick and put it in your pocket. Keep it there until next time you want to use it.

Using password management software, free or paid for is dangerous because such software is targeted by hackers for obvious reasons.

Do not allow any program or browser to store your passwords for automatic logins, attractive as this may seem to a lazy person, it is dangerous and undermines your security.

Last but not least and most important of all, never ever use your real name on the Internet, or any of the social media sites or chat rooms or bots no matter how that may appeal to your ego. Never post photographs of yourself or your family or give out phone numbers and addresses; the fools that do, become victims of identity theft, cyberbullying, blackmail, extorsion and even burglaries and home invasion.

A most recent example is of a foolish man who thrived on sharing his entire day to day life on facebook. He announced to his friends and followers that he was now going on a holiday with his family and he will not be back for at least a fortnight. Before he even left town, burglars who were monitoring him (as friends and followers) descended on his house and stripped it clean.

The insurance company refused to pay for obvious reasons.

An even more recent example, closer to home is of a guy who advertised that his home was for sale and gave the names, addresses and other details on Facebook saying the property was open for inspection by interested parties.

There were interested parties alright and they descended on the property overnight, stripped it of all its windows and doors and anything else that could be removed and fled.

Again, the insurance company refused to pay for obvious reasons.

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