Lost your password? Silly boy

 This morning I received an e mail inviting me to make a 30% return on my investment. All I needed to do was click on a link and then enter both my e mail address and e mail password. Duh!!

The scary thing is; the e mail came from a friend (you know who you are ūüôā ) and therefore a trusted e mail address.

I bounced a message to my friend to let her know that her account might have been hacked; I then sat pondering how safe my accounts are.

Every so often I become paranoid regarding internet security and my passwords. I log onto my e mail accounts, bank accounts, amazon, facebook, wordpress oh the list goes on and on and change my passwords with some new and devious password made up of ¬†upper-case¬†letters sprinkled with a few numbers and the odd ŠĹĮ¬©‚Öé. The passwords become utterly unbreakable, even by me.

I then spend the next 3 weeks filling out the ‚Äúhave you lost your password again, stupid boy,‚ÄĚ ¬†just so that I can log into my internet life.

Twit form

Twit form

I have used passwords centred around the names of my children, wife and next doors  extremely fat but short legged sausage dog. I have even tried dates of birth, marriage & birthdays, but boy did it get me into trouble when I  asked Mrs Sensible the date we married.

In the end I have decided to simplify this password nonsense. I have decided to use the same password and phrase on all my accounts , one I won’t forget in a hurry. New password: Yourintroubleagain21

Heads up Spam alert, Emails with subject ‚ÄúADP Funding Notification ‚Äď Debit Draft‚ÄĚ are a security risk

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I like to blog about funny things that have happened and of course Italy, because if you cannot laugh at Italy you end up crying. But¬†today’s¬†post is a little different.

I got caught by a phishing e mail or I hope nearly caught. I don’t normally fall for spam e mails but this one was clever.¬†

When I received the e mail. I went and took a look at the website http://www.adp.com. The website looks OK  I then decided to click on the e mail link. DUH!! 

The reason I clicked on it was, wait for it.. I wanted to see if they would ask for my bank password etc if it did I would be 100% sure it was some sort of scam, rather than 95% sure. The link took me to a blank website with a tiny box with the words connecting. I immediately unplugged the internet cable and started my virus scan.

Later I did an internet search for ADP Client services scam / spam.

To be honest I should have done this first rather than clicking on a link that I was pretty sure was spam. The search pulled up this website http://blog.mxlab.eu/2012/06/28/emails-with-subject-adp-funding-notification-debit-draft-are-a-security-risk/ a WordPress site dedicated to E Mail security risks, Bless them.

I have run my virus scanner and nothing was found, but at the back om my mind I am still a tad worried. Uffa!!