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Attention - Password and Security Update

Hello all,

Over the next few days we will be implementing some changes to our forum password strength and password expiration policies. To make sure you continue having the best experience possible on the community, we regularly monitor the site and the Internet to keep everyone's account information safe. We've recently become aware of a potential risk to some accounts coming from outside of this community. Just to be safe, we are implementing the following changes to improve security even further:

1) We are asking everyone to change their passwords (and will force a one time reset). Along with every user on the forum, new passwords will need to be more complex, and can't be simple words (sorry, you can't have "fluffy" as your password anymore!). Please use a password unique to this community. Reusing passwords can expose your account indirectly when other websites (Twitter, Linkedin, Badoo, etc) are compromised; and

2) Your passwords will expire on a 365 day basis. When you login on the 366th day, you will have to change it.

We'll also be sending out an email to users to let them know about the changes, in upcoming weeks.

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Just curious, will the update add a security feature option to perhaps text your cell a ID verification code if you are changing PWs, etc... like other websites?
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Aw, c'mon! I've had the same password for 9 years & 10 months?

Why ruin a good thing??
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I think it's a great idea. It'll even keep us on our toes. Something new to have to think about.

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I really could not care less if someone hacks the database and has my account password. I have no financial or other personal information tied to the account. It is a recreational forum.
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On the hacker's markets, identities are a saleable item, and that includes email addresses, which can lead to potential identity theft.
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Google yourself. Your name, age, address, e-mail are all public record that anybody can access. There's no such thing as privacy on the internet.
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can ya add the option to opt out of the pw change

i really dont want to change it
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The root of the problem is that many people use the same password for multiple things. So by hacking in here, the hackers could get access to other parts of your life. Complex passwords and passwords that are different for each site are a smart way to be on the internet in this day and age.

Here is some advice I give out all of the time.....
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Subject: Passwords are a pain.....

Complex/long passwords are required in order to increase the difficulty for hackers to gain access to your information. Complex passwords are comprised of upper/lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation. I'll be up front with you, complex passwords make my head hurt Be aware that longer passwords are better, even if not complex.

A best practice is to not use the same password on different sites, especially financial institutions. If someone were able to hack into your Facebook account do you want them getting to your checking account?

What if you could develop a pattern to your passwords that only you would know? What if this pattern meant you would never need to memorize a password? Below is an example of a pattern that can create a complex password, unique for every website, and make it so you don't have to memorize passwords.

Note: this is an example only, alter it for your own use as you see fit. I either use sports phrases or funny phrases. So let’s work through a few examples with the phrase “I hate fat cats”

So in my mind the phrase is easy to remember but I change it up, I use h8 for hate, capitalize the I and F, and add the # sign for complexity the phrase becomes Ih8Fatcats# <- 11 characters already!!!

I use part of the website name in the password for that site. So, for my pattern I may choose to use the first 4 letters of the site. FACEbook becomes FACE

Now to work that into the password patterns

If I wanted to create a password on SUNTrust.com
Ih8FatSUNTcats# Would be my password, an 15 character password!!!

Ih8FatFACEcats# Would be my password for FACEbook
Ih8FatPAYPcats# Would be my password for PAYPal, etc.

A human hacker may be able to figure your particular pattern, but most hackers program computers to do the hacking. The computers will not “see” the pattern unless somehow they get more than one of your passwords. Once a hacker has one of your password they have computers setup to try that password on a large number of sites. So for example if they have your Facebook password the first thing they do is have a computer check if the password works on Wells Fargo, Gmail, Hotmail, SunTrust, PayPal, Bank of America, Amazon, etc.…. (probably hundreds if not thousands of sites).

Just as a final note, you may want more than one pattern, for example high (i.e. money/email), medium (i.e. medical) and low security (social media).
Basically by remembering your pattern(s) you can figure out any password for any of your websites, but they are all unique.
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Well, it is what it is and if this is the way it is so be it.

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