: The following text isn't a chain message. Word for word (except for the quotes) are my own text. I forgot that this might be misinterpreted as a dA chain message and already its getting copied and pasted!
I wouldn't mind mentioning this journal (keep in mind there are some personal updates at the end) but copying and pasting is plagiarism.
Also, the rumor about dA deleting inactive users is untrue. Tumblr did it too a few years ago and duh, nothing happened. Don't spread the word unless its announced by HQ. Read the statement here about the issue by dA staff: moonbeam13.deviantart.com/jour…
NOW I'M NOT ONE TO PROMOTE ALL THESE SUPPOSED HACKERS GOING AROUND, LET ALONE CHAIN LETTERS, BUT THIS ONE IS REAL
AND IT NOT ONLY AFFECTS DEVIANTART BUT THE MAJORITY OF INTERNET USERS.
This bug is called Heartbleed
and it can and will steal your usernames, passwords, credit card info, etc.
Basically all of your personal information.
Here's what the official Tumblr staff blog
has to say:
"A major vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” has been disclosed for the technology that powers encryption across the majority of the internet. That includes Tumblr.
We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue.
But this still means that the little lock icon (HTTPS) we all trusted to keep our passwords, personal emails, and credit cards safe, was actually making all that private information accessible to anyone who knew about the exploit."
I have been hacked more than a couple of times in the past (and honestly most of it is on me because most of events took place when I was 12-13 and I didn't know how the Internet worked then) and it is very scary. Now I haven't had a situation where all my posts went missing or the account just plain deactivated but it is possible. I have been locked out of an account once but usually reseting your password from the log in page and or contacting the website can solve the problem.
What most will say is to change your passwords on all of the accounts you use but here's what I found helpful thoughout the years:
- Don't use the same password for all of your accounts. From what I understand its easier for hackers. Try to use different passwords for each of your accounts and write them down on a piece of paper (diary, notebook) and store it in a safe place. Don't share passwords with anyone, duh.
- Check your password strength here. And make sure your password isn't on this list.
- Websites like Twitter and Facebook allow third party apps to see your account. If you, say, took a quiz that required your Facebook account to log in then its likely that the third party can see your personal information. About 2 years ago a third party company hacked my Twitter account and started to tweet ads for me. This happened because I logged in with the third party app (when I changed my password the problem solved itself). In most cases, like Twitter and Facebook, you can revoke access and thus blocking the app. I never realized how much shit I had on my Facebook account until I checked it this past week...I only allow things like Instagram and Google to my accounts but everything else can be a grey area for some. Regardless, check your apps anyway.
And yeah, that's pretty much it. I'm actually changing all my passwords and even deleting some accounts like StumbleUpon and Pinterest that I don't use.
Stay safe, guys.
now onto other stuff in my life so hERE'S SOME PERSONAL THINGS THAT IS NO WAY RELEATED TO HEARTBLEED OK
School is dragging me down above everything else. I have been falling behind in a couple of my classes (remarkably the one I go to public school for is actually my best subject) and its been taking up the little free time I have. Time for art, whatever social life I have and relaxation. I actually haven't been able to finish the last boss for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
among other things, like my sister's 10th birthday card. I'm getting serious insomnia and my anxiety is quite literally eating me, but aside from all that...Danny Phantom
is a decade old now. Can you guys believe it? You can go read my two cents here if you're interested.
I'm sure many of you know the show has been extremely influential on my work as a whole; (I mean, fuck, its like 30% of my gallery), and me as a person and I'm so proud how far this show came. Here's to another decade or more ahead for all of us.
Other things that occupy the little time I have are Mr. Peabody & Sherman
, The Lego Movie
, Arctic Monkeys, Panic! at the Disco and Super Mario in general...but I don't know when I'll come out of hibernation. I'm still in my winter slump and I can't feel the sun on my skin yet but I hope its soon. Its gotta be soon because soon is when I'll be gone for three months...
...oh, I forgot to mention that, huh? Oh well. I'll say when the time comes, but right now its not my year.
I'll see you guys later.