Suspicious wife fails to get good password advice from The Guardian

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

From the relationship advice column of yesterday’s edition of The Guardian newspaper:

‘My husband’s password is his ex-girlfriend’s name. I am devastated. What made him change it?’

My husband’s password is his ex-girlfriend’s name for almost every account, and I am devastated. After a few months of our marriage, I came to know about his past relationship. In the first two years of our marriage we had a lot of fights about his ex, but things eventually settled down when she got married. Good riddance, I thought.

We’ve been married for almost six years and recently I came to know his password is her name. It was a shock. When I confronted him, he threatened to abandon me and take some other woman. I retreated. But I am heartbroken and burning from inside. What made him change his passwords to her name when initially they were different?

Obviously the best advice is for the woman to leave the idiot.

Not because he is clearly still obssessed with his ex-girlfriend (hey, maybe his former girlfriend’s name is seventeen characters long, and full of weird symbols) but because he’s using the same darn password for every account!

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

5 comments on “Suspicious wife fails to get good password advice from The Guardian”

  1. You usually give us a plug for LastPass too at this point. I'm using it and when it works it's very effective. But it keeps crashing Firefox – unexpectedly the LP symbol at the top goes orange (why?) and then the tabs all freeze for a while. After a bit it seems to come back, but this is very strange behaviour. It's also very inconsistent on Android (and apparently on Linux) as to whether or not it offers to fill in your password. The LastPass forums are full of complaints but I don't see LastPass responding. Does everyone use Apple, or something?

    1. If you're not getting any job from LastPass's support forums, you might want to try reaching out to them via Twitter. Their handle is @lastpasshelp

      Hope that helps

  2. I've used password safe (free) for years, 10 or so. Works well for my needs. Reliable. If a software is heavily plugged by a site or host, I tend to avoid it. Lessons learned after years of using software.

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