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jzurawski600
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10/31/2014 | 4:13:05 PM
Re: Compromised emails
Hi Becca,

As onerous as it sounds, think about it for a moment - where is your email address also the username?  For sure Amazon Prime LinkedIn, FaceBook... and a couple of dozen other places many people frequent.  THIS publication/Web site - UBM uses an email for password reset.  If I can get to your email from ANY browser and any Interent connection and change your password.  That's a huge attack surface.  Plus these aren't attacks being launched by people sitting at their computers.  They're being launched by computer programs written specifically to hunt vulnerabilities and they hunt 24 hours a day every day.

Add an ability to use "big data" techniques to match information from the millions of records stolen and stored online to new bits of information hacked from a new source and the cybercrimials ability to profile you and your accounts increases.

An option is to be sure an patronize online properties that offer two-step verification, or out-of-band two-factor authentication that reaches you via phone call or message when chnages are being made to your accounts.  It's still the most effective way to stop someone else armed with all of your information.

John Zurawski/Authentify

 
Nathan Golia
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10/31/2014 | 3:21:44 PM
Re: Compromised emails
My wife always makes fun of me when I log into Google and look for my buzzing phone. Of course, access to that account is basically a golden key to everything else, so I'm happy to take the derision in stride.
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10/30/2014 | 4:50:22 PM
Re: Compromised emails
People are lazy.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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10/30/2014 | 4:48:36 PM
Re: Compromised emails
Wow, 95% still don't try it? I guess it is bothersome, but I would think that more would at least give it a shot after their account has already been hacked. 
Becca L
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Becca L,
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10/30/2014 | 4:33:54 PM
Re: Compromised emails
****Hack me once...
Becca L
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Becca L,
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10/30/2014 | 4:33:06 PM
Re: Compromised emails
95% still don't do it? Wow.

Fool me once...
Byurcan
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Byurcan,
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10/30/2014 | 4:31:06 PM
Re: Compromised emails
Yes, a text. I do it, mainly because I attended a Google cloud symposium 3 years ago, and the guy speaking from Google said he advises everyone who has gmail to do multi-factor auth. But to the eariler comments about how most people don't bother, he also said that whenever a person's gmail acct is compromised and they're ironing it all out with a Google rep, they are always advised to do multi-factor auth to avoid this in the future. And he said that 95 % of people, whose emails have alrready been hacked mind you, never do it.
Becca L
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Becca L,
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10/30/2014 | 4:20:08 PM
Re: Compromised emails
I can't imagine. Whenever my credit card number gets updated I always forget about a few things that are autopaid with it until I start getting all the missed payment alerts - sigh. At this point I dont think I'd ever tie up all the loose ends from email.  

 

What's the Gmail multi factor anyway, a text?
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Jonathan_Camhi,
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10/30/2014 | 4:14:47 PM
Re: Compromised emails
The most annoying thing though by far (and annoying is a serious understatement) would be having your identity stolen. That would make changing your email address seem like a walk in the park.
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10/30/2014 | 4:13:23 PM
Re: Compromised emails
I only know one person who uses Gmail's multi-factor authentication and while it's a bit of a hassle, it has been very effective. Changing your email really is like changing your phone number these days - I had to do it after my account got spammed a couple of years ago and it took forever to get everything back to normal. 
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