You may have received an invitation from me to join Deal Whale. I DID NOT send it! Please DO NOT register! It is BAD! So sorry!
Yep. It’s happening to tons of people every day, and it’s very disconcerting. If someone has your email password, they can get passwords to ALL of your other online accounts, including banking. The way to prevent it is to use a Good, Strong Password on all your online accounts.
A Good, Strong Password contains:
- at least 10 characters of both letters and numbers, + at least 1 capital letter, preferably in the middle
- at least one non-alphanumeric character, preferably in the middle
- does not contain a recognizable name or word.
Please change your password on email and any other important online accounts. Another good thing to know about is Google’s “Two-Step Verification” method. It works like this: When you sign into a new computer — or every 30 days on your usual computers — besides accepting your password, Google sends you a text message with a code that you have to enter on the web site to continue.
I just did this myself, and I’m impressed by how well thought-out it is. It might be a bit more than most people want to truck with, but the reality is that we are all gonna be stuck using more serious methods of protecting ourselves online. If you want to know more, give me a call.
I’m going to post a longer thing about hacking and passwords and Mac security, but I want to get this out there.