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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Some Amazon Shoppers May Want to Up-Date Their Password.

It's time to up-date your Amazon password if you have not done so in the past few years.

The Consumerist reports that some older Amazon accounts appear to have a flaw in their password protection powers.  This flaw makes the account vulnerable to a brute force cracking attempt.  According to The Consumerist, "For affected accounts, if you haven't changed your password in several years, and it's over 8 characters long, it looks like all people have to do is enter the first 8 characters correctly and they're in. Even if after the 8 characters they just type gobbledygook."

How to create a good password?  Here is one strategy.  Think of a sentence that you are likely to remember, and use the first letter of each word to form the password root.  For example, the sentence "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may" (from a Robert Herrick poem), creates the root "gyrwym".  Now, toss in a couple of numbers memorable to you and you have a password:  gyrwym21.  For more password tips, check out this article from Lifehacker.

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