Because I forgot the more interesting topics

October 27, 2007 at 11:11 am Leave a comment

Every once in a while an idea for a topic flashes into my brain. But unlike my younger years, when my brain was fresh and bubbly, those ideas don’t stay around for long. The idea of a neuron is that by flashing more and faster, connections to other neurons are reinforced, and that way you remember stuff. All your memories are strongly interconnected patterned areas of neurons.

In itself this is a great concept, because unlike a computer, a human can associate one idea to another. Memories are not confined to a discrete area of the brain, they are in fact connected – directly or indirectly – to all other memories in the brain.

However these days, in my brain, the fact that all mental models are connected to the whole brain combined with the fact that some mental models dominate, results in a complete white-noise blurring of all other ideas besides the dominant ones.

So a lot of interesting ideas for topics flash before me, only to be overpowered by a few dominant mental states.

Why are they dominant? Why are they only now dominant? My personal opinion is that when you grow older you have to focus more on critical responsibilities like money, kids and work. There is no more room for semi-hallucinogenic brain excursions or storage of trivial facts. When you lose your focus, you’re slipping, and when you’re slippin’ you lose the game bro.

Ok, sorry ’bout that.

Now that we have got that out of the way, the actual topic in wanted to introduce – in absence of a better one – is Tiered Passwords.

People have to remember a lot of passwords these days, so many in fact, that it pays to use just a couple of passwords.
The way you can safely do this, is by having tiers of passwords.

  1. NST : no security tier. Meant for those sites where registration to get a service is required, but which does not store any of your private personal data, and where you don’t really care what happens to your account. Use a simple password here.
  2. LST : low security tier. This is the tier reserved for sites where just some bits and pieces of your personal data are stored, like an email address. You can use this tier for public fora or other non-critical online services. Use the NST password here but add something simple to it.
  3. MST : medium security tier. Sites which are in this tier store a lot of your personal data but someone gaining access to your account could not do a lot of harm. Use a semi-complex password
  4. HST : high security tier. Reserved for the most critical sites and services. Use a highly random complex password featuring uppercase, lowercase, numbers and more UNICODE goodness.

I even made this nice chart for you to ponder over. Click it.


You may ask, why not just have one tier? The most secure one? That way, all of your accounts will be very hard to get in.
Asking this question is the same as asking why you don’t put the exact same stainless steel multilocks on your toilet door as you do on your front door.

The answer : either nobody would go to the toilet anymore, or everybody would know how to get your front door open.


Entry filed under: Command Line, The unlit being of unbearableness.

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