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

TBTR

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2 Responses to “Plenty o Fish Hacked…Are you ready for cyber security 101?”

  1. Thanks for this good information on protecting yourself online from hackers. I think a lot of people fear someone hacking into their computer or website. I try to make my passwords complex. As you mentioned, it gets hard to keep coming up with them when practically every site you visit wants you to create a login especially job sites. Great Post!

  2. black says:

    Thanks Cyn for sending a comment. Since most people seem to be looking for a job I have tips for them also, it keeps with the same theme here. When submitting for a slew of jobs create a new email address with your name, if your name is unique just use a first initial, then last name. Also create a simple easy to use password. If you can tie a small auto reply to people who may respond to you this helps keep the dialog going with you and the potential employer, and by all means keep checking this email address. The worst thing you can do is create something, then never look at the account, and when you do it usually to late, so keep checking the email account daily.

    I feel a blog post coming on about this. Thanks again Cyn

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