not your typical annihilatrix (furiosity) wrote,
not your typical annihilatrix

Online Security and You

As many of you are probably aware, sarahtales's LiveJournal was broken into early this morning. Whether it was someone with a grudge or one of the Russian poetry crackers who also got shoebox_project is *generally* irrelevant. The SBP crack exploited a hole in LJ's security -- if there had ever been a Hotmail account associated with your LJ, it was once possible to get the journal password sent to that account (or any other previous e-mail account) and reassign ownership of the journal to it. LJ now allows users to remove any and all e-mail addresses used in the past, including the one used to create the journal (this wasn't possible before the attacks, of which SBP was but one victim).

If you're infosec-savvy, this post will make you curse and mutter under your breath, because it is filled with oversimplifications. These are deliberate, because this post is not for you; you don't need it. :P This post is intended for people who have a vague, passing, or very casual acquaintance with keeping your digital shit secure.

Also, you guys are going to kill me, but I'm totally flaking on the rant meme. I just don't have any rage left! I tried. Comments are off here because this is a DW-pointer, but please take the poll below to tell me what I should to to atone for this sin.

Poll #1405645 f is a flaky mcflakerson

To make up for her flakiest flakiness that ever flaked, f should:

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