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What is

I’ve noticed that my page about has picked up quite a lot of traffic with people asking the same question, so I’ve decided to write this to post to explain what is.

Whenever you logon anywhere with your username or email address and password that site has to store those details to make sure you are who you say you are.  In storing those details you have to make sure that they are safe from prying eyes.

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How Secure is Your Password? Rainbow Tables Online

Wow, just wow, came across the other day, it’s a huge online resource full of hash values and their corresponding plain text strings.

Like most people, I am human and don’t have a limitless brain for remembering secure and one off passwords, so I tend to recycle about a dozen.  Dependant on how damaging access to the site would be depends on what password I use.  Also I don’t like pointing accounts to other accounts (ie registering on forums with the same password as the mail account etc) just common sense I guess.  My passwords are on a sliding scale of complexity, sometimes I’ll apply a unique salt myself, but not always.

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