Who needs to remember passwords OR use a password manager. I can't believe people do this...
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Before even reading it, my first thought was, "Simple trick? That sounds like it's going to be simpler for an attacker too..."
But I was wrong. This is way weirder than I expected. Admittedly, it's still a better idea than password reuse or weak passwords you can remember, but it isn't really a solution because you have to jump through so many hoops. Anything important will just lock you out after repeated "password reset" requests, many sites will email you a new password, and email is a pretty weak link in general. Also, getting so many "password reset" emails in my inbox would make me more likely to fall for one of the phishing scams I see regularly but ignore. Maybe that's just me.
I think on its face, this might seem to someone the same as using a password manager. After all, you're choosing a single strong (hopefully) password to protect your email account in this case. But your email account isn't secured to the extent that 1Password is, and you'll be using a weaker password there so that you can remember and type it in order to get to all these password rest emails. You could do worse of course, but it just isn't necessary to do any of this. There's an app for that.
I couldn't agree with you more @brenty. I saw this and I figured you guys would get a kick out of this. This is a waste of time going this route, and I "ain't got time for that!" (Not sure if you ever seen that meme where that saying came from)
@prime: It certainly does seem like it would be time-consuming!
I don't think I know the meme you're referring to, but as long as it's "safe for work" send it my way.
@wkleem: Really? Do you have access to 1Password on another one of your devices to get your Dropbox TOTP code?
I'm not a fan. I generally go by the rule that if you use a system against its intentions, you should not be surprised if it has unintended consequences.
Ack. Yeah, I even added my iPad and two extra phone numbers to Duo because I'm paranoid about locking myself out of something...