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    Hi all,

    In recent weeks, a couple of users have had their accounts broken into, which has created a systemic cascade for them with other accounts used by the person.

    They're not getting in through us, but I'm making this announcement to remind you all to have secure passwords, and that it's always best not to use the same password for your e-mail and other accounts across the net.

    We're currently working on restoring the accounts of these users so please stand by.

    Just be careful and make sure all your passwords are secure.

    Thanks

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    This is scary. Should we be changing our passwords just in case?

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    Based on what he said, Seraphina, it's not really a "just in case" thing. If you don't have a secure password, it would be wise to change it to make it secure. If your password is secure, you should be in good shape (assuming you don't use the same password for something else).

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    definitely change your password if it is not a good one and/or it is the same as multiple other accounts. but more importantly you should make sure that your computer and anything linked to this account (i.e. your email) is secure. if one of those is not secure not only can they get into your sppf account regardless of how good your password is, but they can get into pretty much any other account you have too.

    one thing i do that has really helped keep all my accounts secure across the net is to use gmail as my primary email and turn on two-step verification. if i or anyone else tries to sign onto my email on a device i have not approved, it sends a code to my cell phone and i need to put in the code on the new device in order to access my email. so even if someone managed to get my gmail password, they still couldn't get into my account without the code from my phone.

    obviously it's not foolproof but it's a good extra step, especially if you have social media accounts, buy things online, use online banking, or anything else with sensitive information.

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    This is really just a general statement. It's not due to anything on our end, but a secure password is always better to have, especially with your e-mail.

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    good looking out Joe and thanks for the tip Ellie I'll definitely do that with my gmail.
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    So basically, change every password that you use your forum password to access, and do not sync your new password to anywhere else.

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    I have changed my password a few time the past few days, namely cause of something from last night
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    It has been changed.
    Although I got a creepy PM...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare Fuel View Post
    It has been changed.
    Although I got a creepy PM...
    Can you forward it to me

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    I got one too, actually a bunch
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    I received one like the others as well. He then specifically explained how he got a member called Steelrush banned.

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    I got the PMs as well. Very weird and somewhat creepy too.

    But yeah I changed my passwords so I'm more secure now.


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    Thanks for the info Serebii, I'll change my password as soon as I get a chance.

    Creepy Pms you say? I didn't get any, oh well, guess I can't get all the fun XD
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    I got creepy PMs as well and reported them as well.

    Changed my password and such as well, too.
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    I'll change my password asap. Thanks for letting us all know about this issue Serebii.

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    Guys, you don't necessarily need to change your password, just make sure it's a secure one. Not like "pokemon123" or anything like that

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    I did not get any creepy Private messages but now I am kind of worried. My password is already really hard to guess so I guess I will not be changing it.

    Edit: Ellie was a huge help.

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    Lol I got an email saying that I was breaking into my own account XD but I just forgot my password
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    I haven't received any of these PMs at all. I do wonder what they entailed, but whatever.

    Changed my password to something more secure. Hopefully I'll be safe; this is slightly unnerving.

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    I usually don't respond to announcements, but I felt this one was particularly important. (I'm considering doing that more often, actually.) Anyways, I've been thinking about changing my password, but to one that's random. How it'd work is that I'd close my eyes and hit keys randomly, then I'd look afterwards at the password. My thinking is that random passwords are more difficult to hack into. However, first I'll want to check to see if I'm even allowed to change passwords. On top of that, should that be allowed, there could be additional problems I may not even be aware of. It's burdening on me partially since I could be far easier to frame due to too many others not even being aware of my existence. I've yet to get into trouble and want to make sure it stays that way.
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    Random letters on your keyboard can easily be hacked into because there are programs out there that can generate several possible password combinations to hack into accounts. It's best to use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols because it would take the program forever to generate something that matches a password like "MyFavoriteSodaIsDietPepsi&icandrinkatleast5_per_d ay". That password uses a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols, and it's harder to guess than something like "horses123".
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    Oh, sorry, I figured it was possible, but didn't realize that it was of reality. I'll figure something out.
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    also adding onto what kreis said, length is actually the most important factor because of how cracking programs work. it's more effective to use something like:
    paperclipsclipmypaperstogetherandmakesureidontlose anythingineedandgetfantasticgrades

    than:
    u7p2n&&TI

    a combination of both is best but length is very important


    note that this applies for ANY password not just your sppf ones. we did not have a break in the system but it appears several people had unsecured email accounts/computers and that is how the person got in.

    be sure to read the rules of every section before posting ;)

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    Okay, since the above post just begs me to ask this, what is the character limit on Serebii Forums passwords?

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