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john albrich Aug 06, 2014, 02:11am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Real-world organized ID theft is out there.

Just another real-world reminder that it's important to periodically change your passwords, and to make them "strong" on your logins. I recommend at least yearly, and every 3 to 6 months if you can. A trusted password manager can help. Make sure you're also using updated anti-malware/keyloggers on your system. (my systems are still periodically attacked by what has been traced back to a Chinese "school"...been going on for some years now).

(this is yet another reason I don't appreciate efforts to require people using their real names as the user name on every website...it makes it far easier for automated algorithms to correlate and hack user information across multiple websites)

Even if it's not a "critical" account (like a news site v. a bank site) remember that someone could get more personal information if you included it in your "profile" (birthdate, "mother's maiden name", "first pet", etc) info for a given website, which could then be used to help possibly crack your accounts on more sensitive websites, so making it easier for someone to gain access to your login info for any website isn't a good idea.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/technology/russian-gang-said...tials.html
Russian Gang Amasses Over a Billion Internet Passwords
By NICOLE PERLROTH and DAVID GELLESAUG. 5, 2014
A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.


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Rhort Aug 06, 2014, 03:13am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Let's face it, 99% of those passwords were probably '12345', 'letmein' or 'password'.

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>> Re: Over a BILLION Passwords/UserIDs Stolen/Hacked
I'm curious to know what solution are you guys using. I for one have a strong password but I use it for almost all of my accounts :( I've been using Last Pass for years on Firefox but only recently I began to use it correctly and started generating passwords for some of my accounts as a test. The only bad thing is that its impossible to remember randomly generated alpha numeric passwords and I found myself in quite the situation sometimes due to this and what sucks about Last Pass is that they charge $12 a year to have the last pass manager on your smartphone which allows you to look up the password in case you forgot it but they don't offer discounts if you buy more than one year.

what are your password solutions? My dad has used Roboform for years but I've yet to try that one out.

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Dr. Peaceful Aug 06, 2014, 04:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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God damn Russians! I wonder are those actually criminals, or just Kremlinals. ;)

Naveen Goud Aug 08, 2014, 02:07pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Russian Crime Ring Steals >BILLION Passwords/IDs
Hi,

I use a alpha numeric password with an inclusion of a special character in between. And i hope that it is foolproof.

Now, coming to the way passwords are being managed, i see a lot of trouble in future. Especially when people are taking up hacking and malware circulation as business.

http://storageservers.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/malware-as-a-se...the-prowl/

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bossa ritchie Aug 15, 2014, 07:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Russian Crime Ring Steals >BILLION Passwords/IDs
For extra protection I wear a condom when using my computer.

john albrich Aug 15, 2014, 10:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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bossa ritchie said:
For extra protection I wear a condom when using my computer.


Yeah...but in which country was it made? and...which "Company" made it?
You also have to consider if you got it from a "free" government program...always suspicious.

Who knows what kind of stroke-loggers or packet collection reservoirs they might have? To facilitate installation, some protection doesn't work well against malicious bug transmission.

"Bogus" interceptors contrarily may even help provide deeper penetration into core delivery systems. Some are even designed to provide enhanced distracting entertainment while promising both full protection and ease-of-use, yet failing at both.

Symptoms that the protection has failed may not even appear for weeks or even months.

Recent stories in the media have focused on activity that holds certain material hostage until you or your partner pay what can be a lot of money to deliver the hostage. Many times this can be a painful process.

Naveen Goud Aug 15, 2014, 01:47pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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hahahahahah...........!

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Dr. Peaceful Aug 16, 2014, 02:50pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Russian Crime Ring Steals >BILLION Passwords/IDs
I would suggest to also wear a Ski-Mask / Balaclava while in front of your computer. It is known that hackers can hack into your webcam and use it to spy on your face. It is also a friendly way to tell them that you're Pro-Russian. XD

john albrich said:
...Yeah...but in which country was it made? and...which "Company" made it? You also have to consider if you got it from a "free" government program...always suspicious...

Don't worry John, the FDA's behind you on every condom you used. They have to meet certain regulations.


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