MYSPACE truncating your passwords?
Everyone (almost) loves MySpace right? lol What's not to love. You get to connect with your friends, find your favorite bands, and look at ads for dating sites.*groan* Of course along with all this information and data sharing comes the much needed security to protect your account from devious individuals on the net that may want to seal your private information.
When I created an account I used what I thought was a very secure password. It was a whopping 13 digits long. Crack that nasty hackers! I've seen instances where some individuals on my friend list would have their account compromised and the next thing you know, they\'re sending out bulletins with porn links in them. They were obviously hacked. Why didn't they just create a more secure password? Who knows.
Today when I went to log into my account I accidentally forgot to enter part of my password. Did the security team at MySpace care? No, they let me breeze right on through. Poking around a bit I realized that they were throwing away anything after the first 10 characters. You could type your password with the text "YankeeDoodleDandy" at the end and that's close enough for them.
Obviously this hasn't always been the case. I know what my original password was. I tried out the change password feature in my account and found that you could enter as many characters as you wanted for your old password, but the new one had to be 10 characters or less. I wonder what prompted this change? Why would a site that depends on security take a step back wards.
I'm sure that they will insist that it's always been 10 digits only? If so, then why does the password entry box allow more characters? Why does the change password box allow more than 10 digits for your old password? While this may not effect new users, old user that had a password like "GeorgeBushStinks4568" will find that they only need to type in "GeorgeBush" to gain access to their account. Hurrah for security measures!.
Can anyone else verify that they have a similar situation? Am I the only one that is for sure they had a longer password?
Re: MYSPACE truncating your passwords?
I've never used a password longer than 10 characters but I can fully vouch for the lack of security on MySpace....I've used the same password since joining myspace. It's a totally random number and I thought it was a good choice in passwords. Recently I started getting messages from random people asking me to stop messaging them...Turns out my password or account had been compromised and I was SPAMMING people! Of course the MySpace folks were totally useless.
I've since resorted to changing my password once a month just to be safe.
Re: MYSPACE truncating your passwords?
In my opinion it's not a total lack of security on the part of myspace team. I have never had my account hacked and have never changed my password. Granted I do have people on my friends list who have posted those useless link bulletins but of course I never click on them of course. In my opinion there are a couple of things that I think might help with security that are already features. Such as make all comments be approved (picture, regular, and blog comments), of course never add one of those bots to your friens list when they request and always delete those spamming messages that say click here get this for free. Now I'm not saying any of you are doing these things or not doing these things, I'm just saying what I believe to be true because I've never had my account hacked. Also I never log on from any computer but my own home computer so that way no one can get my password from a work computer or personal computer or anything like that. And my home computer always has my security program running so that no one can access my computer externally and then I have my ethernet routed through a router too as an added form or security.
Just my 2 cents
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