Internet Fear Factor

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Micro Geek

Syrian Electronic Army some idiots supporting assad helped by russian and iranian hackers and even the corrupted syrian government itself

they just want to show off and living the dream being a famous hackers
but in the end they are just pathetic losers

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PCWolf

I write my passwords on paper & stick them in the wall next to the PC. no 2 passwords are the same. one gets hacked, the others stay safe. Facebook has a fake name, & now, so does Google+.. dam you Google+.... Now I know why Ray William Johnson hated you! Anyways, There is no true security online. The most secure computer is the one thats not connected to the internet. & now, thanks to all this Social Media BS, all Smart Phones are now security Risks. Funny, my old non smart Flip Phone is 100% more secure than any Smart Phone on Earth.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I use the same password everywhere but with an alias username so nobody knows it's me

Who would waste their time trying to crack my passwords anyway?

My Alias is "Edward Snowden"

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dgrmouse

As of right now, the security risks in tying multiple accounts together via attaching something to easily cross-index on, like a phone number, is probably vastly greater than the risk of having a strong password hacked.

The second part of the article goes on to say that most companies don't care about securing your data... if this axiom is true, then it doesn't matter how well you secure your login. Some script kiddie is still going to pwn their system and take your information, but now they also get your phone number as well.

All that said, attaching a mobile phone to any of these disposable accounts is especially foolish if one is concerned about government snooping. Not only have you completely failed to better secure your Twitter, but you've also given the government a (another?) way to tie your relatively anonymous twitter feed to your GPS location, banking info., etc.

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Jox

"...attaching a mobile phone to any of these disposable accounts is especially foolish..."

Google's 2-step verification does not provide your cell information to anyone. It's an app that runs on your phone that is tied to your Google+ account. When a website (or piece of software) makes use of the technology, you enter your login ID for that site, you password and a randomly generated number that is only good for 30 seconds (derived from the app on your phone). The website to which you are attempting to login has no idea what your Google+ ID is, or your cell number. They know only that Google's 2-step verification server has returned a positive or negative result which either allows or prevents your login attempt. It's actually a really good system, so long as you don't lose your cell phone. The only thing it's missing is a desktop app, which would be very useful if your phone has died or become damaged.

-Jox

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dgrmouse

Thank you for pointing this out to me. However, the setup you describe still has serious security issues. A cell phone is a terribly insecure device, and having to ping Google every time I log into a website is a pretty severe and unnecessary information leak.

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legionera

Just don't use Twitter. It's simple :)