Years ago, I had an address that was just for event planning, and was set to re-direct to my commonly-used address. I thought I would use that address for my new twitter account, but twitter said it was already used. We'll say the address was email@example.com (if this is a real address, please forgive me). "Hrm... why am I using firstname.lastname@example.org on twitter? I'm not even on twitter," I thought, and decided maybe I should check in and see what was happening. Password denied! I don't know what harebrained password I was using two years ago, but nothing was working, so I tried my security question:
Does poop smell bad?...yes? Me and J and our old roommate were kidders, and there was no dearth of poot jokes in our home, but "Does poop smell bad?" That's just not even smart. I typed YES, which wasn't right, then tried NO. Success! I guess I was banking on someone unable to ever type a lie of that magnitude. Or maybe I was just really confident at that time? Who uses a yes or no answer for a security question? When you get two guesses? This guy?
So I am in my old account, and there are no emails. No labels that I've made. People in the gchat list THAT I DON'T KNOW. I went to the account settings and saw that it was re-directing to another email, so I emailed that person and told them I had filed a complaint with Gmail and he/she would be summarily booted. Ha!
Soon after I receive an email:
I signed up for this gmail account years ago. i'm not sure how you obtained access to it, but if you notice, the user name is K** ****, which is my other gmail account.Oh, really huh? You think you can just squat in email@example.com and make it yours? I've had that account for years... I... my.... my account was firstname.lastname@example.org, wasn't it?
Yeah, I tried that, and got in immediately. What I had done was hack into an innocent woman's email account and send her a menacing message, all because I couldn't remember that I'd put "the" at the beginning of the username. Damage control!
OH MY GOD
I am so sorry. I just figured this out. I was just a few letters off on the user name, which I haven't used in years. Please forgive me. But you really should beef up your security question to something that isn't yes or no. I am not a hacker, but I was able to get in really easily.
She was really nice about it, and responded with lots of Eastern emoticons (O.o) and said she figured I wasn't a hack from all my "nice little tweets". I would have looked myself up, too, if some crazy person had commandeered my account. Really, she was very, very kind about it, when she did not have to be. Thank you, true owner of email@example.com. Oh, internet.
So, make sure your security password is not "Does poop smell bad?" and also keep up with what accounts you actually own. And if you want to have more than one twitter account on one email, just put a period in there somewhere (cru.mpetroom = crumpetroom). Twitter ain't that smart.
|When I do something stupid, from now on it will be referred to as "going to the crumpet room".|