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Old 11-25-08, 05:00 PM
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Saving passwords

Does IE offer a place that saves your passwords? If so, would you explain in detail? Thanks in advance.
 
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Old 11-25-08, 05:07 PM
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I try to do the same email and password everywhere I go, despite the ill advice to do so. For those sites that require something different, such as a combo of letters and numbers, I go to My Documents and type up a Memo to myself so that I will know the next time I have to encounter such sites as car insurance, home insurance, etc. Or, you can do it the old-fashioned way and write it down some place. Actually, it's best that you do that first and then type in such info on the computer. If the computer crashes, then you have it written down so that you can access when computer is restored and info lost on computer. Two places are better than one.
 
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Old 11-25-08, 06:30 PM
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IE has an "AutoComplete" option that can save some usernames and passwords. You can access it under the "content" tab of IE7.

There are lots and lots of password managers plugins for IE, such as AlPass, Free Password Manager Plus, Roboform, etc... Some are free, some cost money. I depends on what you want it to do.
 
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Old 11-26-08, 03:12 PM
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I use a little piece of software from Coffee Cup called Lockbox. It is a password keeper, but it isn't automatic. You have to key the info. The best thing is that all you have to do is remember one "master" password to access all of your saved passwords.

CoffeeCup LockBox - Store Your Usernames & Passwords !

As Joe points out, there are some free utilities out there. I recommend Lockbox because I've had great success with all of their apps.

On the flip side, I CRINGE when I hear people talk about writing their passwords down. As an IT consultant, I usually identify this as security breach one, two, and three.
 
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Old 11-26-08, 06:42 PM
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I recommend putting no passwords into any file on the hard drive. Especially for a newbie.

Twelvepole, the first place hackers will look is in the My Documents folder! And you're keeping sensitive info such as insurance numbers there?!? Say it ain't so!

For banking and other info-sensitive websites, you don't want any computer to remember your passwords. Write that info (unames and passwords) on a piece of paper and stash the paper next to you in a drawer.

For general surfing, use one password for all the sites and tie it to a freebie e-mail account.

For this site and others that you frequent, use JoetheZombie's advice.

To which I add: Firefox is a much safer browser than IE. It's a freebie and the install is quick and painless.
 
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Old 11-26-08, 07:15 PM
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I wish they could get some retna scan doohickies set up. I hate passwords!

My work program requires at least a 15 character password consisting of letters, numbers, special charecters, and cannot contain a word in a dictionary. What a PIA!!!!!
 
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Old 12-01-08, 02:21 PM
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use passphrases

Just think up a sentence that you can remember, with a couple numbers in it and use the first letter of each word.
For example:
My work program requires at least a 15 character Password consisting of letters, numbers, & special charecters!
will give you a password of MwPrala15cpcoln&sc!

19 characters there, it's easy enough to think up a sentence that can be remembered and never written down that no one could crack in a zillion years. It's known as a mnemonic aid.
 
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Saving passwords

When I worked for the government, we had to upgrade passwords every 30 days for access to the computer and to individual sites.

Our requirements were that it had to be a defined certain minimum number of characters. The characters had be be at least eight characters consiting of one upper case, two lower case, two symbols, two numbers and at least one space/blank if I recall correctly. The use of foreign language characters were also permitted. This required writing it down AND in a shifted/coded form in a saved word document that could be used for input and adjusted for future reference . Because of frequency, sentences were difficult to construction. - What do you do when it contains an , an , an Ж or a ?

This is an extreme case, but it is an option.

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Old 12-01-08, 04:07 PM
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Dick,

I work for them now, well, for the last 11 years, and it's getting easier. We just insert our ID card into the computer and punch in a pin and wala! I only need those long passwords for different programs I am needing access too.

Are those Klingon symbols?
 
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Old 12-04-08, 01:01 PM
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The reason I ask was the fact that I was changing browsers...from Opera to Firefox and IE7. When I used Opera, they had a special place called the "Wand". Everytime you were asked for a username and password, this program would ask if you wanted to save this information...all that you had to do was answer yes. The next time a particular program would ask for the username and password, all you would have to do was click on the "Wand" icon. I mean it couldn't get any simpler than that. The only thing was that I keep having trouble with Opera opening different web sites. I was simply wanting to know if Firefox and IE7 had a program equalvalent to this program in Opera?
 
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Old 12-04-08, 08:23 PM
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Both IE and Firefox have options to save passwords. Both will ask you each time you enter a new uname and pwd if you want to save it. The next time you visit the site(s) the fields will be remembered.

If I were you, I wouldn't bother with IE7. It's slow and bloated. Firefox is much more elegant in its simplicity -- and quite a bit faster.
 
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