Passwords..Do you use the same password for everything? I find that I do this...

@Feona1962 (7527)
United States
July 5, 2007 7:19pm CST
It just seems easier..Is it good to do this?
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
6 Jul 07
It's actually supposed to be really unsafe to use the same password for everything, just because then if someone gets it they'll be able to do a lot more with it. However, it's also really hard and complicated to keep up with many passwords. Since I work at a bank, I have to deal with security issues at work, and I've found that what works for me is having different parts of things that I combine to make new passwords all the time. Like puzzle pieces kind of. So then even when I write down my password for something I'm writing a note on which parts I'm using rather than the actual password, and I just have to remember the parts. It sounds a little complicated, but since I have to have many passwords both for work and home, it's actually a really good system for me.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
6 Jul 07
That is a good system..you already have me confused so you are doing well..LOL..I don't have to worry about work since I don't work right now..And when I did I never had access to a computer..
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
6 Jul 07
*nods* If it's just a matter of your personal stuff, then it really depends on how worried you are about what you have there. Obviously you shouldn't have the same password for any kind of financial thing as you have for anything else, but having the same one on games sites, email, and that kind of stuff wouldn't worry me too much.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
6 Jul 07
My banking is separate...and I don't write that one down..thank you.
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@ZenDove (698)
• United States
6 Jul 07
Oh, I'm sure any hacker or webmaster will tell you that this is a definite "no-no"! I categorize my passwords, for example, all my email addresses have the same password, all my forums share the same password, etc.. Of course, banking info is top secret! My husband always warns me against using the same password but then he is always forgetting his own multiple passwords and asking me for them! lol So, I have his many different passwords written down in a file but I don't have to write mine down! It is safer to have random passwords that mix numbers, symbols and letters and you should change those passwords often. But if a hacker is that interested in my hot and steamy emails that he goes through the trouble of breaking my password - he's welcome to them!lol
• Philippines
6 Jul 07
I do the same. that is easier to remember. i used o have different passwords before, its just mess. Password should not be based on your birthday or anything that is related to you so that people around may not guess it correctly. some sites actually suggest if your password is weak or strong or fair.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
6 Jul 07
I often wondered exactly how hackers work..How do they figure it out?...stealing other peoples information is just not on the top of my list of things to do...
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@mymytri (2032)
• India
6 Jul 07
Hi feona.Nope.i dont use same password for everything.I use some formula while choosing a password.Using same password to all sites increases security risk.So i afraid to use that.If anybody get your password there is risk of getting all of your private information and knowing about all of your sites.Better choosing diffent passwords and keep changing them
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
6 Jul 07
I think I will go in a change some things around..My banking has separate password and that one is not written down..my e-mail is different than web sites..but most others is same...
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@dopey22girl (3324)
• United States
6 Jul 07
I use the same password for everything as well. It probably isn't the best thing to do because if someone were to find out then they would have your password for EVERYTHING and that could lead to trouble. But I do it anyways lol.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
6 Jul 07
I know, that would be scary..but we all do things we shouldn't..LOL
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@stealthy (8188)
• United States
6 Jul 07
No, I have many passwords especially for important things like financial sites where I worry about secrity most. But also for email. I use the same password for some sites that are similiar in nature.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
6 Jul 07
I do too. My banking info. has a separate password..my e-mail is different than like my websites..
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
6 Jul 07
Well I have several I use for different things for eg. mylot, bebo and alike, I use the same one. All my bank accounts etc have a different password, a combination of Caps, letters and numbers. I keep all those passwords separate from the ones I use for places like this. I don't know if it's any better to do it this way or to use the same right through. If a hacker managed to figure out the one password you use, then he/she will be able to access everything I would think.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
6 Jul 07
For my banking it is different and I do not write that one down..I know that one by heart..The thought of that getting out would be a nightmare...
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@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
12 Oct 07
Of course it is not good to always use the same password! If you read around you will find that they always recommend that you change (and what's worse, keep on changing) your password all the time! But imagine what it would be like! Trying to remember each PW is out of the question and to keep track of them would be even worse! I like my PW and I will keep on using it, regardless of what the experts say!
@Dowiga (14)
9 Oct 07
I have the same password for almost everything. I used one of my cat's names then forgot which cat's name I has used. so I now I use a specific name I remember. it is not easy to use a simple name sometimes.Over here you have to register your cell phones, and I registered on line my password, so the company do ask me to tell them the password when I phone. I always get the cat's name wrong. If it is not one cat it's the other. Sometimes the same password is not a good idea, but then it saves you having to walk about with a note book with the passwords in it.