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  1. You can always just change your password on your hacked email. I had a Yahoo account that got hacked. I saw that it had sent out hundreds of spam emails about, uh, male enhancement products. I changed my password and that took care of it.

    • Looks like I might have to settle for that, even though I’ve spent the better part of a day engineering the “Big Switch.” It seems that after the initial import of whatever is in Yahoo mail, Gmail can’t keep importing new Yahoo mail; Yahoo won’t allow it unless I have a paid Yahoo Plus account. That’s an obstacle I hadn’t counted on. And I have this nice neat contact list constructed in Gmail now. Maybe Yahoo will import it if I ask nicely.

      • Well if nothing else you will have a more organized contacts list on hand should anything similar happen in the future. Making it a margin less agitating the next time. But one should hope that doesn’t happen.

        In the event you want to adopt the practice of changing the password you could try the password card method. Rather than remember the actually password, you remember a set of symbols, and then track down the page to a corresponding color strip of your choice. Thus even if someone steals it, they wont know what series of symbols you used. Its gotten fairly popular among retail tech companies.

        http://www.passwordcard.org/en

        It also has a digital version for Phones if you scan the smart code.

  2. I’m working on getting completely off GMail. I’m not a conspiracy guy by any means.. but they’re really gather way more information about me that I’d care for them to have. And, they’re datamining in ways that are starting to creep me out. For example I get a lot of ads on my gmail front page and my email regarding; masonic supplies, fishing and now.. Michigan Tech apparel. The ONLY way they know, is from mining my emails.

    So call me paranoid, I’d actually just call it annoyed, I’m trying to revert back to Yahoo.

    To your point.. I can’t close any of the accounts for good. Or at least not easily, and that damned Google is just to freaking useful.

    But a guy can try!

    • I’d forgotten about Gmail’s data mining; it was one reason, years ago, that I didn’t start using Gmail (I’d read they do it). Perhaps no worse than any other site that does this (and most seem to), but it’s one thing to record whether I visit a site, and quite another to watch the contents of my email. Of course, I can’t say if Yahoo mail does it too …

      The interconnectivity of the Internet has for years been its strength. Unfortunately, these days, it’s leading to a breakdown of Internet privacy. Facebook is the most notorious example. Have you ever noticed how ubiquitous it has become? It seems like no matter where you happen to surf, the sites are connected to Facbook by Facebook “like” buttons or special logins for Facebook users. Dammit, if I want Facebook in my life, I’ll go to Facebook.com!! Otherwise, get outta my face and outta my life!

“We have met the enemy and he is us." ~ Pogo

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