After waiting a day then coming back to the forums… success once again! I know time is money so there has to be threads read here that are important and the useless ones like mine. Thank you for the time and effort Grumpy Old Lady and Tom. T. you’ve spent with me so far here on the No Script forums. You both are my heroine and hero. It’s only natural to respond one at a time so here goes:
@ Grumpy Old Lady-
You are right about me. My computing skills is so low I have to look up a word from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/
nu•ga•to•ry (n g -tôr , -t r , ny -)
1. Of little or no importance; trifling.
2. Having no force; invalid. See Synonyms at vain.
I actually learned about No Script from a player on WoW. Always looking down in the bottom right hand corner and making a guess whether to allow scripts on a page or not got me curious. I mean am I even cancelling out the right ones? After hours of manually clicking on something I didn’t know about has got to get more credit than credit is due. It’s what got me thinking about security in the first place.
To be honest I rarely sign up for a forum not really aware of how forum life is besides WoW. But it’s a game and a game isn’t real life. (You can substitute your real life for WoW…) So you say not many regulars are on here and well I didn’t know. Whoopsies. Every thing counts in my book of life. I wasn’t aware of the newsgroups just the fact that I have No Script forums for a helping hand. Didn’t even know about lurking either though everything you say makes perfect sense to me.
In real life my parents want me to go the military and not college. My father and mother both went to military and met there. Many cousins of mine went into military too naturally I’m supposed to follow along. I want to go to college and not military so since they would throw out any book I had in my room of a computer I’d just safely keep myself here online. Who else besides me thinks the internet is safe? Just kidding!!
P.S. Grumpy Old Lady: I did go on http://www.w3schools.com/
and working on the HTML tutorial. I’m only on lesson 11 then I went back to WoW. (Nervous about those forums too.) I’m bad but hey w3school said “we have over 100 HTML tutorials” so it has to be a way to start in security life. I do use Tom T. his recommendation of Password Safe. I’m always clicking “Never for this site.” In Mozilla so it won’t remember my passwords.
@Tom T. –
I hadn’t actually thought about your point of view, though I try to be respectful while forgetting simple things. Hmmm…for some reason it just seems to be a bad habit of mine. I see that your being nice to me about it. As they say “you can eat your own words” well I am guilty of that crime.
Even though I’ve had just a few posts I guess I have made a positive impact on good security skills 101. Many of which I’m trying to grasp. It has and still always amaze me when I see on TV how there’s supposed to be so many young people like me who I hear “This 15 yr was able to hack into our bank.” Then it goes on and on. Just like there’s this growth of these computer genius’s but whatever. It does matter when you manually click on the S symbol though for No Script! ;p
As far as passwords for me have been going, I did finally download Password Safe. It is nice and simple. Just like me. I have never had to create a master password so it has got to be good, really good.
My master password for Password Safe is actually the bar code off of my favorite cereal box. Now I can’t tell you both what I eat for breakfast!! I’m serious too it’s a long number of sorts. I do like how Password Safe when you open it up, you can choose for it to "browse to url and autotype" which helps my wrists tremendously too.
From WoW again I was told that I should use http://www.mesh.com/
because I could put my most important files on a safe site just incase my laptop did get hacked or was burned in a fire. Got to love that it’s free too. I thought that was an interesting twist on security.
I didn’t actually realize how much work goes into a good password. I just use a lot of WoW words then throw in some numbers for passwords so I thought that is how you’re supposed to do it. As I’m writing this response I just went onto your grc.com/passwords and….
HOLY FREAKING MOLY! MAN THOSE PASSSWORDS ARE INDESTRUCTIBLE!!
Geesh I thought my passwords that I already put into Password Safe made me feel safe but that is like “the only way I’d get hacked is if I physically type every password into forums”. I will be changing my passwords with those super passwords after I post.
When I read your analysis about password management my analogy would to real life:
I’m staying at a luxury hotel. For fun, let’s say the Hilton Inn. Now I’m staying there for two weeks and staying in the $3,000 suite. I do own a car and when I drive into the parking lot I have a choice-
1. I can manually drive my car to a parking space.
2. I could choose valet to park my car.
Now the difference between the two is am I in control or trust someone else? If I trust someone else and go with valet parking they have my car keys go to park the car. Later on when I want to go out and see my car pull up there is some scratches on the side of my car that weren’t there before. Now I could have just chosen to park the car myself safely in the first place.
My example was just a simple one. If you wanted to get technical there could be other reasons for the scratches like:
• The valet driver did park my car safely then another car that pulled up accidentally scratched my car.
• The other driver that pulled up purposely intended to damage my car.
• A person who wasn’t at all parked near my car was looking to damage a car and looked throughout the whole entire parking lot just to damage one. It happened to be mine.
• I lied about the scratches on my car and they were there before I even traveled to the Hilton Hotel and looking for a way to get a free car repair by falsely accusing the valet driver who could potentially lose his job over me. (I bet the driver would do a lot more to my car then scratches already there if I got her fired…)
Those are all of the other possible scenarios I could think about. Back on topic:
I’ve been exposed to a lot of new words and concepts and ways of life. Amazing how much feedback I’ve gotten so far. It’s been enjoyable it’s a nice change from how players type in WoW. Kind of like growing up into more important things in life! I mean we all need to be safe and secure. Wether in real life or computer life.
A good roll call is in order!
Grumpy Old Lady- Thank you!
Tom T.- Thank you!
Giorgio Maone- Thank you! I love click on your S a lot! Just kidding!!!
Thank you if are reading this because the point of this forum is to help one another and that is so true here.
P. S. I admit when I look back I asked way too many questions at once in the first post so I guess a good rule of thumb posting online is to just ask like one or two questions at most. I’m sorry to anyone who I made their head spin from so much.