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Best Password safety?[RESOLVED VIA IRC CHAT]

Link to this post 26 Jun 11

Question, besides using a strong password (caps, lower case, numbers, and symbols 8 chars or longer)

What else is everyone using, or would recommend? I have some concerns regarding some of the options to stay safe.

I am actively under attack, and would like to at least keep my passwords safe while I work on the rest.

The Key Ring:

Don't feel very comfortable having all my passwords in one spot, are these safe? Would seem if there was a key ring where I could use my mouse to type in the password, that should be safe. Or is it possible to use a keyring for your keyring password? I'm not sure what I should do here.

Other options... not sure.

What is out there these days, what should I be using, and what do you guys use? I need different (or the same if they work on both) solutions for ubuntu 10.10 and windows 7 on the same system.

Free is a requirement due to my current budget.


Notes from irc chat:

dd-wrt.com (to flash the router and change the router OS, will still route, plus allows more security features)

SELinux (Fedora kernal is built around this so you can simply use Fedora, or configure it yourself on a different distro such as ubuntu, but if configured wrong, it makes your system more vulnerable then if you never had it to begin with, reason to have it: even root does not have full control, making attacks more difficult. )

http://www.avira.com (Windows Anti-Virus)

Spybot Search and Destroy (Windows anti spyware)


http://townx.org/simple_firewall_for_ubuntu_using_iptables (will allow all out going, or client initiated incoming connections, will need to be re-configured for samba and some other programs tho)

Link to this post 26 Jun 11

Honestly I don't trust any consolidated password applications, I use no keyring or password tools and never have my browser save any passwords. All password that I use are stored only in my mind. I even go the extra mile and constantly flush my cookies and browsing history after each session.

Link to this post 27 Jun 11

I'm wondering if your computer is attached directly to the modem, or, are you attached to a router? If your attached to a router, turn on the logs and look at them and see if you can identify what's being done. You're passwords in Linux are encrypted, so, unless your using a password that can be found in a dictionary (and it doesn't seem like you are) you shouldn't really worry about your passwords. In fedora I have /var/log/secure.log that will show me if anyone is trying something funny. The logs on the router can tell you what addresses are trying to gain access.
If your using ssh, you can disable that in your distros firewall, and depending on what router your using, you can disable features that allow certain types of access from outside. One sure way to batten down the hatches is to only allow access to your local network to those boxes that have the MAC address listed in the allowed section in the router setup. If you can identify the IP address of the box trying to attack you, you can add it to the disallowed section in your router setup.

Beyond that, we'd need more specific info on your home network setup and what brand of router your using, and what security you have working already.

Link to this post 27 Jun 11

If I had a key logger put on my system it won't help me at all, also as far as checking the router I am having difficulty, finding nothing but other people saying it doesn't work like its supposed to on the router I have. Linksys WRT54G. Looking into IPCop hoping I can figure it out.

Link to this post 27 Jun 11

My firewall is going nuts right now.

Time:Jun 26 17:41:09 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:174.5.97.216 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:48 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:41:09 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:72.46.217.247 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:52 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:41:13 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:41:15 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:72.46.217.247 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:48 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:41:16 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:42:23 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:74.64.126.28 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:48 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:43:29 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:44:45 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:72.197.202.148 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:52 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:45:10 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:46:27 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:173.57.189.220 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:48 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:47:10 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:47:39 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:68.224.172.50 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:52 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:48:12 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:48:59 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:72.39.73.230 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:52 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:49:23 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:49:23 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:98.246.48.174 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:52 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:49:26 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:49:26 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:98.246.48.174 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:52 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:49:32 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:51:29 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:122.201.44.23 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:48 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:51:56 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:76.104.25.143 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:52:03 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:52:03 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:76.104.25.143 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:52:06 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:52:07 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:76.104.25.143 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:48 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:52:12 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 17:56:51 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:98.246.48.174 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:52 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 18:00:15 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 18:00:49 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:70.72.59.170 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 18:01:26 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 18:01:43 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:213.46.202.122 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:52 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown
Time:Jun 26 18:04:07 Direction: Unknown In:eth0 Out: Port:3724 Source:116.231.115.237 Destination:192.168.1.101 Length:64 TOS:0x00 Protocol:TCP Service:Unknown

Link to this post 27 Jun 11

Found my router log, it was disabled. Will let you know if I find anything interesting on it.

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