Our part in the relationship this bulletin board constitutes is to treat you fairly and protect you as far as we can. Your part is to protect yourselves. If you give out your login details for this bulletin board and your account gets banned as a result you have not been unfairly banned. You have been banned because you are responsible for what is done with your account, and giving out your credentials means you are responsible for the consequences of such a rash action.
If you do not secure your account you may have to carry the can for sins that are not yours. Here are a few ways you can protect yourself from this:
- Never leave your client logged in on a shared device.
- Never tell anyone your password.
- Keep your account email address up-to-date.
- Change your password regularly.
- Maintain hard passwords (tips on that follow).
- Log out of the forums if you are handing your device over to another for inspection, use, or repairs.
Tips on ensuring passwords are hard:
- Never use only one character type; include upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation.
- Never use short passwords. Stick to more than eight characters at least. More is preferable.
- Avoid using the same password on more than one website.
- Don’t write down passwords. To remember set up a system.
- Never use your username in your password, or anything else that may be guessed.
If your account is used by someone else and they misbehave, you will have to carry the punishment, so it’s in your interests to harden your account and to report any breaches to me as soon as possible.
Examples of password systems:
Think of the site you’re setting the password for and select a word of at least eight characters that means the exact opposite of what the site means to you. If you find this board entertaining you might select monotonous. You could then remove all vowels and replace them with numbers and punctuation. Pick two letters and make them uppercase. Now repeat the word to yourself aloud (make sure you’re alone or your company might think you mad!), with emphasis on the upper case letters. Do this whenever you’re alone for a day or two after setting the password.
Alternatively, choose the user-name of another user here for your password, reverse it, and make every second character a number or piece of punctuation. Capitalise your favourite letter. To memorise think about the person and the interleaved character whenever you have a free moment for a few days after setting the password.
Another system might be to set your password as the compass direction your bedroom window faces combined with the name of one of your teachers or workmates, then imagine the teacher/colleague standing on a compass facing that direction. Again, be sure to throw in some numeric or punctuation characters as well.
I’m not suggesting you use these exact systems. In fact it’s better if you invent your own. These are merely examples.
Thanks for reading!