A Clue to Would-Be Hackers the Username is Not VIEWS

The username for login on this site is NOT “views.” If you try to signin or use the password recovery form, your attempt will IMMEDIATELY be blocked. My firewall protection will stop you if you enter ANY invalid username–before you can even try to cracking the password. But feel free to try any you like. Even if you were able to figure out the username, you won’t crack the password within several trillion centuries using a massive array attack of a trillion guesses a second. So try an easier target.

13 thoughts on “A Clue to Would-Be Hackers the Username is Not VIEWS”

      1. Thanks so much for that tip John. Already using 2 factor for financial, but concerned about my many passwords everywhere else. I’ve seen there’s a site where you can put all your passwords in one protected site. Not sure how that works, and again, not trustworthy of where I’d be sharing my passwords. 🙁

        1. The one I use is LastPass. https://www.lastpass.com/ It is now FREE for multiple personal devices. For $12 annually, you can share it among up to 5 family members. You develop ONE password that is both difficult to crack and yet easy for you to remember (you can, of course, also keep it locked up in a desk or something just in case). You then create those outrageous passwords with symbols, numbers, upper and lower case letters, etc. for each site you have a password. LastPass stores a hashed version of all your passwords; NOT your passwords in clear. Meaning even if THEY are hacked, your passwords cannot be compromised without access to your one password and the keys to decrypt the hashed passwords stored on the LastPass site–in other words, a hacker needs your phone or laptop AND your master password. You can also add multi-factor authentication making it even more secure.

          1. Wow, thanks for this great info. I”m marking the site to check out. You are a wealth of information my friend, and now resting in my side bar too LOL 🙂

      2. Me again, just wondering why your site URL has an ‘i’ in front of the URL, instead of ‘secure http’ when I click on the ‘i’ it tells me anything I enter is not safe there??? Oh, and what made me check? I was updating my blog’s sidebar ‘recommended reading’ and adding you 🙂

        1. That’s Google against the world on web surfers using Chrome–offering a big bonus to all the web hosts offering them the opportunity to sell SSL certificates to anyone and everyone whether they need it or not. The reality is, that if a site doesn’t require a password login for visitors or sell stuff requiring a credit card number, SSL does NOTHING in terms of protecting site visitors. Now if your antivirus software said my URL was unsafe, THAT would be of concern. Eventually, because Google (or should I say Alphabet, the holding company/parent), like Amazon, rules or wants to web, I will have to shell out the money to my webhost. Maybe Alphabet gets a kickback.

          1. Lol, right, I forgot you were trying to your best to avoid the SSL. Not so flattering when clicking on the ‘i’ *warns* people how unsafe they are on your site,. 🙁

          2. FYI, the CNN.com site also has the circled i on their site. So far as I know, I haven’t suffered any consequences as a result of making it my home page when I open Chrome. The information item does say the site is not secure and suggests you not enter any sensitive information such as passwords or credit cards. Same caution on my site. But neither they nor I require passwords or credit cards so no one is really at risk. 😉 😉

          3. Wow, now that’s interesting! Maybe there’s isn’t secure for putting in info because anything you say on there may be held against you? LOL 🙂

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