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Simplii password issue
February 23, 2018
10:53 am
rhvic
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When I was with PCF, they let me set up a 12+ character password, the first 12 characters of which were common to a number of other passwords I use, the additional characters being unique to PCF. Imagine my surprise then today when logging into Simplii with the wrong 12+ character password, and still getting in! It looks like you can enter a longer password than 12 characters, as long as the first 12 are what they expect, and you will get in! I would expect such a 'secure' system to deny entry to any password which does not EXACTLY match what they expect. To me, too long a password is not a match.

I called Simplii and they told me passwords should only be 6-12 characters, and they were surprised I had a 12+ password with PCF. They also appear surprised one can put in a longer password (with the first 12 correct) and still get in. Their technical people are to look into this.

Has any one else experienced this? How concerned should we be?

February 23, 2018
1:16 pm
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No reason to be overly concerned. The computer only 'reads' the first 12 characters.

Hopefully, you are using standard and extended ASCII characters in your password.

http://www.flexcomm.com/librar.....CII256.htm

Btw, speaking of security, when was the last time you scanned your PC (in case you use one) for rootkit? By default most AV software do not scan for rootkit.

February 23, 2018
1:37 pm
rhvic
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As far as I know, Simplii only allows numbers and letters, no special symbols.

I use a Mac, not a PC. Any suggestions for a (preferably free) rootkit detector, if I need one?

February 23, 2018
2:34 pm
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rhvic said
As far as I know, Simplii only allows numbers and letters, no special symbols.

I use a Mac, not a PC. Any suggestions for a (preferably free) rootkit detector, if I need one?  

One should always scan for rootkit and use a multi-layered approach to security. The way to defeat the bad guys is by having more than one layer of protection.

There are a few free rootkit scanners for mac. For example,

https://www.eset.com/int/support/rootkit-detector/

I have a PC and use the free one from Malwarebytes. Don't know if it works on a Mac. But the one at the link above from ESET should be fine for you.

Btw, on another topic, there is no issue with using free wi-fi when travelling as long as you first connect thru your own VPN (paid subscription). So everything is encrypted. That's what I do. I have an annual paid subscription to Newshosting which also provides me with a VPN. Oh, the joys of Usenet... 😉

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