Password Gained!

Its one of those things that you never really think would happen to you and then it does, and you have to deal with it. A lot of people have had their usernames and password comprimised by Playstation Network and were recommended to change their usernames and passwords if they use it in other locations. Now it has happened to me and luckily I managed to recover the accounts, surprisingly it happened to three of my accounts: A Bank, Amazon, and Hotmail.

In my case I did use my username and password but I honestly didn’t think of changing anything though I’m usually very paranoid about these things. I try to keep as many different usernames and password for different sites as possible not including what I use for my machines which is very different.

The only one they managed to get through to was the Amazon Account and I checked right away that nothing was ordered or changed in any of the details so I changed my password to something very difficult and hoping that it will do. The password is a combination of Letters, Numbers & Symbols making it very difficult to figure out unless they cracked my machine and are copying my usage of the passwords.

They tried reseting my password to hotmail several times but luckily it was sent to one my other emails so I managed to cancel it and notify hotmail and made changes right away.

Luckily the bank is a European Bank and head several layers of protection so they didn’t get too far with it and I was notified right away.

This was strange that it all happened in 24 hours so I changed most of my passwords and some of the usernames where I could, it did freak me out but I’m hoping these will hold. You don’t realize how much you are connected online and how vulnerable you are until something such as this happens.

Major Tip:

Make sure to have a complex password and use different passwords for different websites, that is the only thing that really saved me. I know it sounds difficult but the extra effort will save you, and make sure to familiarize yourself with the password recovery process of the websites that you constantly use and what you can do to protect yourself.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

8 Comments

  1. Bofahad

    recovery process of the SIGHTS that you

  2. i try to have different passwords for different site and it’s difficult.
    thanks for the tip buddy (^_^) “

  3. All my passwords and users are the same, i’m definitely changing them thanks for the tip!

  4. Having multiple passwords is almost a fool proof way to protect your self. But if you loose your email password, some accounts can be reset using you email. so also having 2-3 emails each with different level of usage. Like having one email for online ordering and banking login. another email account for trivial stuff. Its a pain I know but better safe than sorry.

  5. This is precisely why 1Password, LastPass, KeePass were made. You can generate super complex passwords and maintain it in there…. Brilliant apps, do check it out.

  6. yup .. lastpass is amazing .. free and been using it for a month .. you should give it a try

  7. @vampire – Yeah it gets confusing for sure!

    @r.alsharif – Yup you should change them for sure!

    @N – Agreed! Thats the way I go about it for sure! Multiple usernames and multiple passwords!

    @kg – You know that Keepass was infiltrated right? I’m a bit skeptical of those services!

    @mishref – I’m still old school! Still skeptical of those services!

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