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linkedin hacked or am i being too suspicious

Harshana Dias
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okie. sound crazy. but i saw linked in ask specifically my email address and password just to import new connection and stuff. But why they need password? email is just enogh right?
Tim Moores
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No, the email address is not sufficient; they want to log into your email account and extract your contact list. Numerous social web sites do that, notably FaceBook. I'd never give away my email password, and am amazed that there are people who do.
Bear Bibeault
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Tim Moores wrote:I'd never give away my email password, and am amazed that there are people who do.

I'd just as soon tattoo my SSN on my forehead than give Facebook my passwords.


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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While it's not a hack, it is a poor privacy practice. I blogged last year about which sites let you import your contacts properly - without providing a password. The standards in this space are interesting.

I think it's a problem that large companies train people to be insecure. I taught a relative that you don't give any sensitive info on the phone unless you initiated the call to a known phone number. (That you know to belong to the organization.) She then got a call from a bank asking for her mother's maiden name. When she called that bank back they agreed that they were calling people asking for that info because they didn't want to "tell just anyone" what the call was about. Which wasn't a sensitive matter in the first place. I'm annoyed that the bank did that. It trains people that it is ok to give out this info.


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Bear Bibeault wrote:
Tim Moores wrote:I'd never give away my email password, and am amazed that there are people who do.

I'd just as soon tattoo my SSN on my forehead than give Facebook my passwords.


hehe ! I just pictured that. Thanks for the smiles


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Jaikiran Pai
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Tim Moores wrote:No, the email address is not sufficient; they want to log into your email account and extract your contact list.

Amazing! Defeats the whole point of having a password.

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