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    Password strength

    Had a couple of friends had their email address's hacked and then the hacker used their email address's to send spam to all on their list.
    Email address's are easily picked up and thousands are sold as packages for folks wanting to hit them with spam email and other nasties.

    How good are your passwords ?

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    That happened to me once. Hacker sent porn to everyone listed on that account. It was embarrassing to explain to members of law enforcement that I did not send porn to them or anyone else.



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    For my PayPal two cents, NOBODY'S password is safe including the entire U.S. Military. There is just no way (if there is, nobody's saying) to keep one of those automatic hacking programs from finding gold. You may change your password regularly and the next day you're hacked...

    Central Hudson Gas and Electric did a robocall last week informing it's customers (Me!) that their computer security was breached and customer's credit card and Email data was at risk. They even offered a "monitoring program" free of charge, although you would have to call the "everbusy line" to get the info. Email spam, credit card data, none of it is safe.

    Which begs the question, "How long until they hack the cloud?" or hop into your computer and dump all your photos? Face it, China and others are really hitting us hard now as they test our responses. After they find out what they want to know watch what happens as they tweak our military's nose. It ain't gonna be pretty for our military computer systems or our defense.

    Nobody's cyber data is safe and it never will be. It's just a weakness of the Internet that Al Gore didn't plan for when he invented it BTW, how many domestic hackers just doing it for fun have been caught and proscecuted lately? One or two that I've read about, that's all. Chinese/N.Korean hackers have nothing to worry about, there's no defense but a good offense and I don't think America has the innards to fight back.
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    I used to have one email address for everything and when it got hacked I opened up email accounts for personal, financial, merchants, and subscriptions. This way if one is compromised, I only have to do damage control on that account and it's limited number of approved senders and recipients. I try to keep the passwords strong enough to make things relatively secure without it becoming a huge PITA for me.

    I also stay away from spam-mail services such as AOL, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. I tried them when I was last hunting for an email provider, and I got more spam from them than anyone else.

    There are things I like about the concept of "Cloud Computing" and there are things I don't like. So far the don't likes exceed the likes and I haven't joined the cloud.
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    Most "hacking" is simply folks getting click happy and installing the spam by accident.

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    Tech Guy,

    How do I know those sites aren't collecting passwords???

    Oh, I would say, most hacking isn't by folks accidentally installing something, it is by insiders stealing something.

    As for the military, they used to have a secure private network (whether they still do or not is probably classified). Why anyone would think anything is secure over a public network, and decide to conduct the business of war over such a network, is beyond me. I can make any network secure from external hackers, unplug it.
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    At the bank today on unrelated business I was talking to an officer about the CHG&E accounts hack. She told me that only customers paying their bills by check were susceptable to the problems. And here all along I thought that "on line" business transactions were the higher risk. I don't trust anybody anymore with anything, but what's a person to do? Some of the nicest people I know have been hacked recently so if I have a problem I'll know I'm in good company!
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