Thursday, November 14, 2013

Facebook Forced You To Change Your Password? Blame Adobe

Actually, blame yourself according to these Security Guys.

You see most of us have a habit of using the same password in multiple places.   I've done it, especially with Job sites.  There just isn't a reason to use a different password for a site that is pretty much a site you won't visit again, or if you lose your sign on won't really effect you.

Shopping is a very different matter.   If you are using the same password in one store as the next, you're potentially letting yourself in for a lot of financial hardship.

Believe it or not, I actually agree with Facebook because all that blather I just gave you is why they locked you out.

I have a friend who complained about being locked out this morning from Facebook.  Then I remembered that this was the story about Adobe.   You see, Adobe got hacked.   The passwords and user names got passed around the internet and are being used to hack other accounts.   If you used one of those general passwords on Adobe, you really should consider your security.

I mean it's not like you're applying for a job there, are you?

The problem with that is that you end up having a list somewhere with website names and passwords written down on them.  Either done on a piece of paper stuck to the bottom of the keyboard, or on a computer file somewhere.

Yes, people do stick their passwords on the bottom of keyboards.  It was the first place I would check when I had someone stuck not able to get in to the computer that morning.  

Mine was on a PDA, remember them?  I had an electronic file that had the password hints on them.  

Now, if you're home there are better places to hide those needed files.  A small chip can go lots of places, after all you can fit 128 GB on something the size of a postage stamp.

So give a thought to how many places you use your favorite password.   Might be a good idea to start changing them.

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