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L.A. Times 2012/12/21 16:28:58
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Think your email, and your money, are safe? Think again. Earlier this year, the FBI warned that "cyber-criminals are compromising the email accounts of U.S. individuals and businesses" and using the accounts to arrange fraudulent cash transfers.

Lake Arrowhead resident Bernie Williams never saw that warning. Nor did he think anything like this could happen to him. Now he's $8,629 poorer. "It's such a sophisticated scam," Williams, 70, said with grudging admiration. "If it wasn't a crime, I'd give the guy an Oscar."

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  • Country Gentleman 2012/12/27 14:47:30
    No
    Country Gentleman
    Probably not, but security experts recommend changing your password(s) every 3 months. I have put the URL of the Gibson Research "Haystack" site below. This will give you information on how to make secure passwords and will allow you to test your ideas.

    https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm
  • Chris 2012/12/27 05:35:49 (edited)
    Yes
    Chris
    Also turned on 2 step verification.

    http://support.google.com/acc...
  • BuggaBoo 2012/12/27 02:50:55
    Yes
    BuggaBoo
    got that warning about 6 months ago and changed my password for my email and laptop login. SodaHead next!
  • Ron in Oregon 2012/12/26 19:53:50
    No
    Ron in Oregon
    I do not remember what my password is for Sodahead.
    You tell me.
  • mrdog 2012/12/26 09:07:23
    No
    mrdog
    Actually for years...on important internet sites I always change password often...
    and to difficult password to hack.... it is just wise thing to do...bark
  • Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel 2012/12/26 09:04:21
    No
    Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel
    I chose to hire a private company to watch my money and accounts largely because of all of the fraud and con artists.
  • Playerazzi 2012/12/26 07:49:27
    No
    Playerazzi
    +1
    Hey, my password *is* STAT.

    How did they know that?
  • Nonpartisan 2012/12/26 05:47:50
    No
    Nonpartisan
    I try to avoid doing anything on the Internet which would compromise me financially or in any other way. When there is any reason to think that a password or any other security measure has been compromised I re-secure it immediately. One of my friends who is extremely well versed in computers and the Internet has said that nothing is really secure on the Internet, even where the latest security measures are used. I never transmit any financial information, or do banking on the Internet or on a Cell Phone.
  • Helmholtz 2012/12/26 05:15:16
    No
    Helmholtz
    Reading all of the "good luck guessing MY password" comments makes me think that an aweful lot of folks don't really know how these kinds of things work.
  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2012/12/26 04:22:50
    No
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
  • THB306 2012/12/26 00:20:43
    No
    THB306
    +2
    If I changed my password for one thing, I'd have to change it for everything else. I'm too forgetful to remember 12 different passwords for 20 different sites, and then change 'em all every few months, so I have the same password for everything, and it's complex enough so no one will guess, but simple enough for me to remember.

    Plus, I'd like to see a criminal try to arrange a cash transfer just to find out that I'm so poor I don't even have enough money to open a bank account, much less have one.
  • HatinOn... THB306 2012/12/26 02:39:23
    HatinOnHaters;~}
    +1
    ya, is'nt that the truth;(
  • Junior 2012/12/25 22:21:51
    No
    Junior
    +3
    I won't now, but I will every once in a while.
  • Drageona 2012/12/25 19:30:09
    Yes
    Drageona
    +3
    Change it every 3 months
  • Darr247 2012/12/25 17:04:16
    No
    Darr247
    +3
    I use complex passwords at least 8 characters long consisting of mixed-case letters, numbers and symbols like @#$%;=+, a different one on every site, and write them down in a blue spiral bound notebook (keep meaning to put them in a database instead of the lettered pages). On financial-related sites I use the MD5 hash of the complex password I write down instead of the password itself.
  • s2k 2012/12/25 10:36:38
    Yes
    s2k
    +3
    I am now...
  • Andre 2012/12/25 05:40:06
    No
    Andre
    +2
    Why should I ?
  • Sofahead 2012/12/25 01:14:03
    Yes
    Sofahead
    +2
    Probably, but years ago I read not to put anything in an email you wouldn't put on a postcard. This kind of stuff I do by mail or in person. I'm paranoid about doing anything in terms of money on the internet. I recently been using gift debit cards to order stuff on line instead of my credit card.
  • Kigan 2012/12/25 00:19:02
    No
    Kigan
    +2
    I regularly cycle my passwords. It's simple enough to do.
  • lalola cute 2012/12/24 17:38:05
    Yes
    lalola cute
  • Todd Parsons 2012/12/24 16:54:12
    No
    Todd Parsons
    +3
    My password is over 20 characters ...good luck
  • Drummerboy Todd Pa... 2012/12/24 19:46:56
  • Todd Pa... Drummerboy 2012/12/24 19:52:32
    Todd Parsons
    +2
    the key word is "over".... An no I don't believe it Can't be hacked... but if they want to spend that kind of time they can have what ever it is they are looking for. Keep in mind that 128 bit encryption is 26 characters...Alpha numeric.. (not including special characters) Very hard to break!
  • Drummerboy Todd Pa... 2012/12/24 20:12:46
  • Darr247 Todd Pa... 2012/12/25 18:12:13
    Darr247
    +2
    Actually, 128-bit encryption would use only 16 eight-bit characters; 256-bit encryption uses 32 eight-bit characters. You can test your password's relative strength at https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm - e.g. for the password I use here, it says it would take 7000+ years to go through all the possibilities at 1000 tries per second.

    More important is the encryption level your browser uses when visiting a site whose URL begins with https - check that at https://www.fortify.net/sslch... - 40-bit is like WEP encryption on WiFi. You want at LEAST 128-bit RC4 encryption in your browser.

    Also, anytime you're connected to an unencrypted WiFi station (e.g. such as those at McDonald's, Starbucks, et al) and you're NOT using https in your browser, everything you do is easily captured and displayed by ANYone using the firesheep plugin in firefox.
  • maci.ma... Darr247 2012/12/25 22:14:52
    maci.mas.96
    +2
    you could always do your banking through the phone instead of online!!!
  • maci.ma... Drummerboy 2012/12/25 22:13:29
    maci.mas.96
    +2
    Oh, trust, Naivete is rampant among most people.
  • kenwemt 2012/12/24 08:01:13
    No
    kenwemt
    +3
    I am recently divorced and disabled, I have no money to still. The ex-wife got everything. That is old school hacking.... I am still bleeding.......
  • Sara Cupcakes 2012/12/24 07:51:59
    No
    Sara Cupcakes
    +3
    My password is so in your face...
  • AmericanVirus 2012/12/24 07:11:30
    No
    AmericanVirus
    +1
    I'm pretty sure that buj9cjeudkif$zb2 is a safe password
  • hermit57 2012/12/24 06:33:41
    No
    hermit57
    +2
    The only thing a hacker could get from my internet information is, sore stomach and rib muscles from laughing so hard at someone who, has so little for a hacker to be interested in!
  • YourCompanionCube 2012/12/24 03:55:54
    No
    YourCompanionCube
    +2
    Guess what, You try, and I track your IP all the way down to your Coordinates, Address and City.
  • maci.ma... YourCom... 2012/12/25 22:16:44
    maci.mas.96
    +3
    no, no address, just the city and state, not the address. Unless you're FBI, no
  • YourCom... maci.ma... 2012/12/26 02:25:21
    YourCompanionCube
    +2
    Not legally, And that's not something I would try, either.
  • Linkums 2012/12/24 03:19:36
    No
    Linkums
    +3
    Williams, 70, said
  • This is W³ Linkums 2012/12/24 05:26:25
    This is W³
    +3
    Yeah. The elderly are routinely ripped off online because they naively believe everything they read on the Internet, making them easy spamming prey. Sad...
  • maci.ma... This is W³ 2012/12/25 22:17:39
    maci.mas.96
    +2
    And they get solicited on a daily basis not just some of the time.
  • Rhi-ot. 2012/12/24 01:12:08
    No
    Rhi-ot.
    +3
    "Cyber criminals are compromising the email accounts of US individuals and businesses"
    Jokes on y'all I'm CANADIANNNN :)
    And who the hell is gonna steal from a poor university student, what money are you gonna find lol
    Maybe I'll worry when I'm rich
  • JwonGalt Rhi-ot. 2012/12/24 02:34:04
    JwonGalt
    +2
    Gotta love being Canadian Lol
  • hippietim 2012/12/24 00:29:13
    No
    hippietim
    +2
    Pfft, what money?

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