Thanks for letting us know about this Paul.
Quote from: mch on June 24, 2021, 09:39:04 amThanks for letting us know about this Paul.I had some VERY believable emails to start with until I twigged , I rang Sinker up and he told me
his email has been hacked
If you want to protect yourself, please do not fall foul to using the wrong language as you will try to protect yourself in the wrong way.
That said in 99% of cases, it is a question of someone's email account getting "phished", not hacked. Hacking is the use of computer software to break into an account. Phishing is tricking someone into handing over their login details.
In most cases, they're actually just sending emails from a totally separate email address that looks like the person you know's email address.
Quote from: PeteHall on June 24, 2021, 01:02:02 pmIf you want to protect yourself, please do not fall foul to using the wrong language as you will try to protect yourself in the wrong way.Either way though, regardless of how they gained access, a scammer has access to his email account, has read all his emails, learnt his 'style' and is sending out convincing emails from his account.
Also, cover up the camera on your computer. It will stop a hacking from looking at your keyboard as you type!
They reckon that stringing three random words together makes a pretty tough password, even without random special characters. There are various websites where you can test it out, but I am always wary of typing my password into a random website to test the strength, in caser they are harvesting it...I have a bookshelf above my desk, so I often just go for three consecutive words reading across the shelf. I can always glance up and remind myself of what I've used, but there is no other connection for a hacker.
Quote from: JoshW on June 24, 2021, 01:09:30 pmIn most cases, they're actually just sending emails from a totally separate email address that looks like the person you know's email address.I've had a few phish attempts recently, but they fell at the first hurdle by the phisher trying to impersonate someone who would not be emailing me, on account of being dead...
I don't know anything about password managers like bitwarden. Are they any better/more secure than my mac's offerings of strong passwords? How easy are they to hack?
I find it ironic when a website demands a password with all sorts of special characters and numbers and upper case letters etc. The rules reduce the total number of available passwords, and mean that I have to write them all down (thus reducing their security!!)But I suspect the instigator of the rules hasn't thought too hard about the consequences...Chris.
mean that I have to write them all down (thus reducing their security!!)
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