The Buzz: Letters

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The Buzz: Letters

Jul 1, 2005 12:00 PM

Dear Mark,

This is my first time to write any magazine editor, but I could not help but smile when I read your editorial in the May 2005 Sound and Video Contractor.

I have to deal with more than 100 passwords, PINs, etc. There is no way I could track them all, but with identity fraud, we dare not make them all the same, either. We obviously have to keep track of them somehow. What we need is known as a password safe. You can get an “open source” version for no charge at http://sourceforge.net/projects/passwordsafe. Open source means that programmers are volunteering their skills to make a product that can compete commercially for no charge. So far as I can tell, the current version is bug-free and feature-rich, yet easy to use.

After using password safe, you will only need to remember one pass phrase. You can visit www.diceware.com for instructions on how to create a pass phrase that will be hard for someone else to guess, yet easy for you to remember.

Although this isn't an InfoComm class on password management, I hope you and my fellow readers can learn to manage their passwords easily!

Thanks,

Fred Kovach,
Chief Engineer,
Global University eMedia

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