Monday, June 20, 2011


While I was on a mini-vacay this weekend, my dear friend Maria was hacked. And not just the "I'm gonna send out Viagra Spam" kinda hacked. No. She was maliciously violated. And it was really uncool because if there is anyone in this world who doesn't deserve to be the target of such a spiteful act, it's Maria.

So, let me use this awful, awful event to remind you all. Change your damn passwords. Make them safe. The longer, the better (10+ in length = 10+ in strength). Include numbers, letters, symbols...and be smart about it. Don't do like I used to do and make it your puppy's name or your kid's name. Or worse yet, abc123.

And just in case you think you have a decent password but wanna verify it? Make sure it didn't make the list of 500 worst passwords of all time...

This has been a public service announcement. The more you know...


  1. I believe there is a special hell for hackers where they'll be forced to wear soiled underwear and have their bodies covered in papercuts, then spritzed with lemon juice. But that's just me.

  2. I don't understand why people even do it. I mean...okay if there is money involved, that is at least a motive. But the just wanting to be anarchistic makes no sense to me.

  3. Kristen, I like the way you think ;)

    Gwen, I agree. It just makes no sense to me. It's kind of sad that people this smart don't use their brains to do some good in the world.

    Great post, Mel. Everyone, protect yourselves!

  4. Thanks for the heads-up, Mel. I'm with Kristen - there should be a special hell for hackers.