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Plenty o Fish Hacked…Are you ready for cyber security 101?

Plenty o fiishHacked? What does it mean, well I guess it means something different for everyone, but if you’re a website that does 100% of it’s business on the internet, it means a lack of sleep, and a possible call to the justice department. Today I noticed a story as I logged on my computer about the dating site “Plenty o fish” they have been hacked.

Hacked usually means someone or a group of someone’s have broken the security of a website, application, or hardware device. For the latter hardware hacked it just means some one has taken the time and effort to break the code or security code of a device which now lets anyone on the device do things they shouldn’t be able to do. As such is the case with the Xbox Kinect device, which was hacked and there are sites popping up everyday to show you what joy they have in hacking this device.  I placed the search term here so you can see what people are doing with Kinect Hacked.

Although there are some good instanced of hacking there is the other side of the coin such in the case of Plenty o fish, their database was hacked and the username an passwords that people created for the site have fallen in the hands of Hackers with ill intentions. The story I came across is from thedrum a uk site that did a story on the owner of plenty o fish and the dilemma they are in. While the story is not that interesting the understanding of the hack is very interesting.

As with anything on the internet people usually come up with easy passwords when logging into and using online sites such as plenty o fish. I mean you can only use so many passwords before you start to forget them, and you’re always requesting a new password, over and over for that site you love. While I have talked about the alternatives to saving passwords, it never goes too far for me to remind you again.

Make sure when making a username and password for a site that you don’t make the password match the same password as your email account that you have tied to the website of your choice. In my opinion you’re just inviting something bad to happen to you. Imagine if that site gets hacked like plenty o fish, the hackers now have great information about you, your passwords, and email address. The only way to combat this type of hacking so that you don’t get touched is to create a different password for every site that you log onto. You can tie those passwords to one email address, so that if you forget the password, it will always send that password to your primary email address.

Another way to help combat hacking of your accounts is to create an email address that you only use for signing up with websites. This helps shield you from the potential of someone getting into your email account that you have had for many years.

With anything else you can never be 100% assured that your account won’t be compromised, but you will have the ability to lessen the problems that will be caused in your daily life if some one hacks a website you love.

Remember make complex passwords that don’t match any other passwords or accounts that you use on the internet.

Enjoy surfing the net

Oh…the story unfolds about plenty of fish hacked on their blog post


Yes Palm I “Got Opinions?”

One of my twitter friends posted on her blog “Palm Wanted To Know If I “Got Opinions?” I just happen to find this post in over 1000 RSS feeds which I should clean up, but that’s another story.  Anyways Tessa took the challenge and answered the call.

If you can tweet your opinions about Palm phones in 140 characters or less, we want to hear from you.

Palm on their blog ask the question “Got Opinions? Become a Real Reviewer (and get a new phone courtesy of Palm).  I’m super excited about this, and I’ll tell you why.

Back in 2000 I moved out to Denver Colorado, it was a time in my life when I felt I had to get away from the comforts of home (Atlanta).  While in Denver I started working for USWest wireless which later became Qwest Wireless.  I was part of a data team which was started to test, teach, and help troubleshoot phones used for data communications.

The team was great I learned a lot, one of the phones we used was the Kyocera Smartphone 6035.  As a techie you don’t know the joy I got using this phone.  It was my first introduction to a true Smartphone, and while I use a Blackberry now I would be very open to the new Palm phone.  I am the type of person that can give you accolades and in the same sentence tell you that your missing the mark.  It looks like Palm wants both sides of the coin.  That’s the kind of review that makes change and improvement possible.

So anyone who wants to become a reviewer for Palm should take the survey here.  If your selected you will be notified on May 8th good luck to us all.

It would be a pleasure and honor to be one of the choosen few.

Great added bonus to TBTR Screencast.

I have been looking to add a little more flavor to the blog in recent weeks all this reading and writing has my head hurting.  I must say that as a technical guy I sometimes can get into a story and go off the deep end i try and pull it back most times.  Since I’m always looking for ways to keep people coming back and keep people looking to TBTR as a resource starting today I’m gonna put screencast into my post.

The article for today’s Download Wedensday will include the first screencast I hope you enjoy and as always leave your comments that always helps me out.




Testing changes to my twitterfeed, and twitter tools sorry, but thanks for reading.