Update and welcome to my new site.
A Well Styled Life has made the switch from Blogger to WordPress.org and is very lucky to be here.
Only days before my blog was moved over, it got hacked. Stolen and redirected by someone who removed most of my comments, messed with the insides (that’s technical jargon) and splattered it with ads. I had no idea my information was so unsafe.
In quick succession I found myself locked out of my emails, Go Daddy account, 2 bank accounts and blogger. Go Daddy, the banks and emails were easy to secure… the blog was not. (He took no money so perhaps I can count myself lucky.)
Then he began emailing me…demanding money for the return of my blog and all my online information. It felt like I had a peeping tom. He would email me… telling me what I posted here and there on the web. Creepy, scary then down right infuriating. He also managed to mess with my IPad…so Apple wiped it clean and I started fresh with it.
Lisette from High Note Designs was in the process of moving my blog and knew what to post on the Google forums, which convinced Google I was the rightful owner of my blog. She spent hours helping me last weekend. At one point my emails were so locked up we could only communicate through our twitter accounts.
I discovered someone, other than me, had logged into my email back in August! It had never occurred to me to check. I’d like to share a few tips I learned as a result of this experience.
How to choose a safe password:
- Use a different password for every account you own.
- Change your passwords frequently.
- Set up 2 step verification for your email accounts.
- Don’t use any personal information in your passwords. Even things like the street address from when you were a child or your parents anniversary are available on line and not safe to use.
- Use a long password which combines upper and lower case, numbers and symbols.
- Beware of sites which could collect your password as you sign on.
Safeguards for your Gmail account:
- When you change your email password, go to the bottom right of any gmail page and click on DETAILS to log your account out of every other device it is signed in on.
- Go to your google SECURITY setting and verify that you are the only person who has been accessing your account. There you will see the IP address and location of everywhere your email has been accessed from.
Learn about password managers here . There are multiple companies offering these services and they all have different features so you can choose the one that best meets your needs.
How safe are your passwords?