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Possessions and passwords

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It’s pretty well known that accumulations of stuff are a pain to dispose of, and it turns out that accumulations in general are not very desirable. I have accumulated a lot of passwords, and recently I found that my Twitter account had been hacked and used to tell people of wonderful at-home income opportunities. I immediately changed the password—but I had used the much-warned-against but easy-to-remember idea of a common password. So today I am devoting to going through my LastPass vault and changing passwords and, in general, canceling accounts I never use. The number of sites, accumulated over several years, is WAY too many. I should have been pruning that regularly, but…  Live and learn.

So: if you have a bunch of dormant accounts, go and cancel them. And go ahead and bite the bullet and change all those common passwords to unique passwords. (All my financial accounts, of course, already had unique passwords, but Twitter? I was careless.)

Accumulations are unsustainable, long run. And, long run, that’s a place at which we all arrive, eventually.

I should note that some sites totally hid your account profile information. You log into the site, and that information is simply not to be found: no link to it at all.

Written by Leisureguy

26 July 2012 at 8:03 am

Posted in Daily life

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  1. The problem with unique passwords is that you wind up keeping them in your wallet or worse, in your computer on a Notes file. I can’t remember more than two. I have one for financial access which I change every couple of years, and one for “fun” stuff that I don’t mind if it gets hacked (although it never has).

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    Steve

    26 July 2012 at 6:46 pm

  2. I use LastPass.com myself.

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    LeisureGuy

    26 July 2012 at 6:50 pm

  3. Sounds interesting, I’ll take a look.

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    Steve

    27 July 2012 at 5:56 am


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