Had a weird experience I want to share
Just last night I went to to log into my Gmail account and kept getting account or password incorrect.
I initially thought, capslock, no joy. Wrong password, of the 5 main passwords I use only two have been used for gmail. At home my password isn’t saved within Firefox, at work it is. I checked this morning and I was entering the correct password.
I’m a fairly cautious PC user. Hardware firewall, antivirus is always up to date, anti add and spyware always up to date, operating system patched and strong passwords. I’m cautious about the addons and executables I use.
So how could this happen? I’m still looking into that and will let you know what I find out.
Following are my suspicions. My gmail account is firstname.lastname@gmail. I keep getting emails for a person who shares my name. A guy who lives in Scotland his is 1stname’middlenameinitial’lastname (Gmail ignores fullstops in their addresses). I have been his secretary for ages and recently i decided to stop forwarding his emails to his account. Recently he received an important email.
I was wondering whether all my passwords have been compromised but this doesn’t appear to be the case. Of concern was my WOW account and secondarily my bank account. Actually the bank was my primary concern but I couldn’t do anything about it as it was outside business hours.
They all look ok.
I couldn’t get my gmail account back as the associated email address linked to the account was a Yahoo address (i’m proud to say I have never had one). I then had to advise Google that my account had been compromised. They asked me a bunch of questions and activated my work email address as the associated email. Normally there process would have taken 5 days. I got my account back within an hour.
When I went in to update my google info. It turned out I had moved to Scotland. Thus my suspiscions.
So whilst this case looks to be a harmless identity crisis, I learnt some things.
- Ensure that any web based email account you have has an associated email account preferably one from your work or ISP. Mine was my ISP, which I had changed in the mean time. Without this you can loose your web based email account for good.
- Without an email account you can rely upon you cannot make changes to your blizzard details other than password. If a keyogger had have gotten my passwords the email account that all of my correspondence associated with my banking and wow accounts would’ve also have been compromised.
- A stolen email account would’ve given a hacker an immense amount of information about who I am.
Don’t put yourself through the stress. Makes sure your details for all you web based accounts are up to date, that you have a second email account that you don’t access from you wow computer and that you follow safe computing.
I used to root outdoors, now I root anywhere. Dave ‘the tree hugger’