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Halvor aka Halvor Raknes aka Halvor Raknes Johansen
50 years - male - Oslo, Norway
I am banned permanently from the Norwegian (bokmål) Wikipedia.
I also contribute to other WikiMedia projects, particularly the English Wiktionary.
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I practice "open password"
In my neck of the woods, ontologically speaking, a password – any password – actually becomes something of an "insecurity feature". I have therefore began experimenting with having my all-purpose password openly retrievable as a standard part of my email signature tag. This means that anyone who receives an email (or an email response) from me also gets to see my password.
How can this possibly be sustainable?
The answer to that is: "I'm not quite sure, but I'm trying to find out." Firstly, I don't send a lot of emails. Thus, when some malevolent (or mischievous) party is exposed to my password and endeavors to use some account of mine doing things that I will recognize as evidence of an intruder being active, it is highly likely that the individual will be identified, if not precisely, at least approximately – and more importantly: the perpetrator will become aware of his "near-exposure".
Having practiced this for a little over a month without any hitches, the situation was changed two days ago, and it happened only a few hours after I mailed the Norwegian (bokmål) Wikipedia OTRS team with a complaint. What happened was that my mailbox began receiving temporary password changes for several of my Wikipedia accounts (on the different language projects), and my account on an exterior website was abused by someone vandalizing in my name. So now I have changed the password. And we'll see how it goes from here on. This means that for the same person to be able to retrieve my new password, my email must be intercepted anew in some way.
I have attempted to find any information on anyone having any related experience to my experiment but so far haven't found anything. If you are aware of something that I might find useful in this respect, or if you have questions related to this, I would be happy to receive your call on my talk page here at Meta-Wiki. June 26, 2007