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Postby SQLDenis on Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:09 pm

Read Coding Horror's latest post: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001128.html

You know when you go to LinkedIn/FaceBook etc etc and they ask find your friends? Then you put in your webmail account + password the site then logs into your email and finds your friends

I have done this a bunch of times, have you?
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Re: What do you think of this?

Postby AlexCuse on Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:14 pm

I never really trusted those things either. I was glad to see that Jeff wrote about it though. I'd love to see that kind of "alternate permission" mentioned in the comments. I'd also like to see that kind of thing employed elsewhere (see Topic1502: Privacy vs. Security).
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Re: What do you think of this?

Postby spoulson on Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:42 pm

I admit to once using mail2web.com without realizing the implications. Having some site like Yelp outright ask for your credentials to some other service, is a big red flag. What's to keep them from adding all your contacts to a list and sell it off? Or monitor your mail? It really is like giving a key to your house.

You could also try this cool web-based SSH client. :!:
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Re: What do you think of this?

Postby tarwn on Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:24 am

I have webmail on my domain, but it only goes back 3 days (KMail is set to cleanup my accounts). I'll be going overseas next week, so I will be shutting down my email at home and either checking webmail, using Thunderbird off of my USB key, or taking advantage of free wireless where I can to download my mail to my handheld. I never, ever, ever give my any of my email addresses out with their passwords. heck, half the time I don't give out my email address. I have roughly 50 aliases setup from when sites asked for an email address, if an account starts getting regular spam I just delete the alias, all of the email is actually getting dumped to a central account so I still have it. Plus I then know who misplaced or sold my address :P

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Re: What do you think of this?

Postby SQLSister on Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:38 pm

I never provide my password (and especially not to my email!). Good grief, I can't believe anyone would ask for it ot give it. On the other hand Karl was once asked to put a non-refundable deposit down on a car before the dealer would give him a price on it. He didn't buy a car there but who would? Same with this, why on earth would I give the keys to my whole life to some internet site by giving them my email password?
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Re: What do you think of this?

Postby Chopstik on Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:48 pm

Um, ok...

First time I've come across something like that but I can't say as though I'm surprised... Everyone is always out for an angle so it doesn't surprise me that they would go to such a level... The best that can be done is to warn people about the dangers of providing that information... Really, though, if someone doesn't have enough common sense to realize the dangers in that scenario, maybe they shouldn't have any access to a computer and the inter-tubes in the first place...
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Re: What do you think of this?

Postby tomsa on Mon May 23, 2011 5:38 am

why should i give them my password? I never trust anyone in the www :thumbdown:
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