By Leo Notenboom
I’ve been fighting a problem with my email it seems for weeks now. [Further details removed.]
My username is [removed] and my password is ‘tires4you’. Can you help?
I’ve removed the details of what is basically a composite question, because this isn’t about the question.
It’s about what’s horribly, horribly wrong with the question.
And it’s something that I see so often that it’s time that I said something.
And no, it’s not that the password is horrifically unsecure (although it is).
You gave your account information to a total stranger
You don’t know me.
You don’t know the people that work for me.
I absolutely believe that I have the highest level of integrity and that I would only have people working for me who are just as honest.
The point is that you don’t know that.
For all that you know, I or someone on my staff could be a spammer, a scammer, or worse. We’re not, but how do you know?
And yet, you handed over your account information to total strangers you don’t know.
It gets worse.
This post is excerpted with Leo’s permission from his blog.
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