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IMPORTANT: Spam, Passwords, and You


We've become aware of a situation that has spilled over into our community that may eventually affect some users. An old password breach at an unrelated site (nothing to do with Synner) has prompted at least one enterprising person or company to try pilfered account/password options here at Synner to post spam messages. They seem to be targeting dormant accounts, as every one we've caught thus far is an account that hasn't even been logged into in the last 1-3 years, but that could change at any time.

Please protect yourself and your identity by doing at least one, but preferably both of the following, here and wherever possible:

1. Don't re-use passwords. Unique passwords for every site you use can be a total pain in the ass, but it's your best protection from leaks. This is ESPECIALLY important on any site where money changes hands or important parts of your personal identity are stored, like banking, credit, healthcare or utilities. This is incredibly hard to do without a password manager, so here is a guide you can use to help you choose one, if you don't have one already. This is probably more important than virus protection in this day and age. https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-password-managers

2. Enable two-factor authentication (TFA) on every site you can. TFA detects any login location without an explicit "access" cookie and requires you key in a short code the site sends to your email address or mobile device SMS. This ensures that even if someone has your password, if they try to log in to a site from their device, YOU (not them) will get a text message with the code, and they will not be able to complete the login process.

While, as I said, this has only affected long-dormant accounts here on Synner, that could change, and what we recommend is best-practice for all of us, on ANY site, so please take appropriate action to protect yourself. Thank you.

:synner: The Synner Admin Team :synner: