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Old 03-17-2014, 09:27 AM
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Just this morning, I received a ton of "Failure Notices" from my primary non-work email address:

"Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address. xxxx@xxxxx.com: Error code 475: Suspicious activity was detected on your account."

This happened before about a year ago. I changed the password on my account and haven't had any other problems until now. The emails appear to be sent from my account itself, and not from any of my computers/phones/tablets.

I'm a pretty careful person about my passwords. For instance, I don't click on suspicious links in emails, etc. Is some of this stuff simply due to poor security on the part of the ISP hosting that account? (Bellsouth.net) Is this pretty much unavoidable, regardless of who I use?

It's a pain, but it's not a huge ordeal obviously to change my email password for that account. But it would be a very big inconvenience to cancel that account entirely and start using something else as my primary.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:23 AM
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:59 AM
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I'm a pretty careful person about my passwords.
What do your passwords look like? Here is an example of what my email address password looks like:

mx9RMH9NhiQQ

My email (or any other account) has never been hacked. I use really strong passwords like the one above though.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:09 PM
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What do your passwords look like? Here is an example of what my email address password looks like:

mx9RMH9NhiQQ

My email (or any other account) has never been hacked. I use really strong passwords like the one above though.
Yeah, mine may not be that secure. I'll give that a shot.
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i know it's well past its prime, but

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this is what my passwords look like:


http://xkcd.com/936/
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Specifically, on systems that are not idiotic (with the requirement of special characters, etc) I use that sort of password
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:31 PM
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If you have a hard time thinking up such a combo, try this:
http://preshing.com/20110811/xkcd-password-generator/
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i think of something i can remember easily (has to be at least 8 characters long though), then put the individual letters through rot-N (where N is the current month, example under rot-2 'a' becomes 'c'). then capitalize every other letter. then pad it on either end with odd characters (#, $, %, others if the input accepts Unicode). Note under this method you change your password once per month. you change the generator every January. never been hacked, but forgot my password several times.
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this is what my passwords look like:
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http://xkcd.com/936/
I've read recently (somewhere?) that this method is not so secure anymore. Teh ha><><0rz have wised up and started telling their algorithms to prioritize guesses that are combinations of actual words. Still worlds better than something like "password1", of course.
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