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May 22, 2019 07:07:47

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My morning writing went slightly out of the window.

My tea has already been finished, my 2 biscuits finished and it is already 7 am.  Soon I will have to attempt to rouse my son from his bed to get ready for college.

At about 2 am I had an SMS text on my phone from Google, alerting me to a suspicious login which they had blocked.  However, this was an email account associated with my TV provider (sky.com) which I had used to set up an Adsense account when mine was banned a few years ago.

This is an account I never use so I was not too worried, but it does use one of the common passwords I have used on a few accounts in the past.

I have logged in now and changed the password to something more secure and that is that.

I am not totally security conscious and there are probably other seldom used accounts out there with the same password (or a password from a list of ones I might use regularly) so that can be something for me to do later.  Luckily I use LastPass, which is an excellent product and works very well.  You can do a search for all accounts that use a certain password and then reset them easily.

Despite working in IT, I am not perfect.

"Do as I say, not as I do"

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    @twizzle it's funny. A lot of people in IT are not security conscious at all - or they are way over the top.

    I'm probably pivoting to the later atm, but for a long period, I used a complicated password but something I remembered - but the same password for EVERYTHING.

    Now, i used a random 64+ character password and all my email addresses are name+where|[email protected] - eg; [email protected]

    Maybe I'm going crazy...

    Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | May 22, 2019 08:05:48
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      @craigpetterson hehe - yes, that does sound a bit paranoid but probably best to be on the safe side. Who knows what sort of major hack will take place in the future that might expose all of these things. I do worry that services like LastPass will get hacked and then we will all be screwed. Best case scenario is to use 2FA on things that matter, like PayPal etc.
      If someone hacks my 200wad account, they are welcome to it :)

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | May 22, 2019 10:07:50
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      @twizzle @craigpetterson This makes perfect sense to me, and I wish to be secure even more, I think you Craig are on another level, but, everyone should be halfway there xD

      e.g., Only recently I've learned of that neat trick of registering the email with the platform's name. And according to a formation/ passage of knowledge in my firm, they said passphrases should contain at least 12+ characters! And that is enough.

      I don't know about that, do you use any password generator (64+ seems like a lot to memorize)

      Sara Silva avatar Sara Silva | May 22, 2019 05:08:20
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      @twizzle @sarasilva I use a password generator. I don't know any of my passwords. For me, the +200wad is to see who has sold me out when I get spam marketing haha.

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | May 22, 2019 21:00:07
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      @twizzle @craigpetterson yes! I have to do that too! :D

      Sara Silva avatar Sara Silva | May 23, 2019 05:03:56
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