As I have said before, don’t be a dick. It never works out well for you and more often than not it bites you quite squarely on the ass.
For those who haven’t seen it yet, a new kid on the block came out today and shoved their own foot down their throat. Now initially I didn’t really see a need to comment on this because Uncle jumped on it and many others have blogged about it as well. What got me though was this comment from Tango through a DM.
The forum link? “You must be a member.” Become a member and it forwards you to The High Road.
Wait, it did what!? You join, providing a username and password, and then it sends you to another website where you have to use a different username and password. Immediately upon reading that alarm bells started going off. Many people have a nasty habit of using the same credentials across multiple websites, but you reading this know better, right?
So my immediate conclusion from that type of behavior is that they are farming credentials, why I am unsure. But it is obvious that they are engaging in some back handed dealing listing people who aren’t members, thus inducing them to sign up to complain, or inducing others to join thinking the site is legitimate because of the trusted membership.
Miguel went and did a nice post showing exactly what type of user listing I’m talking about. Those are the types of prominent users that would instill trust, trust that might cause you to sign up for a membership. Of course being a blogger, you would probably use your blog handle and very possibly the password for your blog if you do that bad thing of the same password across multiple sites.
If you signed up for a membership with these numb-nuts I suggest changing all your other passwords if you violated that rule. This site is anything but trustworthy and by their actions thus far makes them a house of ill repute. This is all speculation but given the facts as presently seen, I would be concerned if I had any transactions regarding secure credentials with them.
If you need a good password manager, I suggest KeePass which also has an Andriod Application.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.