Just over a year ago in another group I
went on a mission, it was to inform all in that group to hide their
email addresses. It was almost a nightmare what went on with that.
People threatening to contact my ISP cause I was spamming (in which my
ISP cracked up and said we would never consider that spam), people
saying things that were just horrible. But I wouldn't back down from
my mission. After about 4 months and being 50% successful at getting
those I emailed to hide their email address, I finally gave up the
mission, and shortly after gave up the group. Although I have stated
it on here, I haven't been diligent about telling people the security
measures they should be taking. It's an issue that has been bothering
me for a while so I begin my thread on Security.
- Everyone with a passport should
hide their email address.
Never give out your passport email address. If you really need to
provide an email address then get a second one that is not associated
with any passport and provide it for use.
- Have two passports in manager
position, (just in case of an MSN glitch), if one of the passports gets
messed in an MSN Happens then the other passport should work. DO NOT
use your manager passports, for you own safety, due to passport
- Some recommend not to use your
assistant manager passports either, but this gets far too much for
someone constantly busy in the managerial duties of the board. I
suggest using your assistant manager passport for all duties except
what requires a manager.
- Do not communicate with your group
by the email function. Even if you have a hidden email address your
email address will be exposed. This opens you up to not a hack but
what is called a spoof. There is no need for you password or secret
question, but they can harm you and the boards you post at.
- Change your password and secret
question often, for your own safety. Chances of a passport being
hacked with a password being changed often are far less likely.
- Another thing you can do is use a
fake email address for you passport address, if you don't plan on
getting any kinds of reports from that group. But you still should
hide your email address because what you put in there will give a
spoofer access to your passport.
- When joining a group that requires
the management to approve your membership, use your non passport
related email address. Once you are approved for membership change
your email address back to your passport related email address making
sure it is hidden.
2001-2005 Margaret Walker