But chances are at least some of these accounts hadn't been touched for years.
The reason this makes you vulnerable is the same reason experts say you shouldn't use the same username and password for every online service -- it makes it easy to take one set of stolen credentials and plug them into others, giving hackers potential access to large swaths of your digital life.
So if it’s not already abundantly clear, dating advice is not about WHERE to meet men.
” Here, I spared you the trouble of Googling it: The 14 Best Places to Meet Eligible Men Without giving anything away, Loriann, here are the actual places that have been recommended by a site called All Womens Talk: the bar, the market, online, church, the water cooler, newspapers, college, friends, the gym, restaurants, work, vacation, parks, airplanes. Apparently, it means standing around a lot, hoping that a cute, age appropriate, interested single guy happens upon you at the bar, the market, college, the gym, restaurants, parks, and airplanes.
I tell each one the same exact thing: “If you’re dating a few men right now and can guarantee me that you’ll have at least one date a week for the duration of our time together, we can start coaching.
But these services all add value, so hopefully My Space won't feel the need to throttle them or (worse still) build an in-house version.The service doesn't log in as you - it simply sends out a bot to grab the status info from the profile pages.Surprisingly, Dating Anyone isn't the only player in this space - a more lightweight service called Single does exactly the same thing.Despite falling out of vogue years ago, My Space -- that old precursor to Facebook -- still has details on more user accounts than the United States has people.And now a hefty chunk of those account credentials has been leaked to the entire Internet, in a humbling reminder that the Matchbox Twenty-inspired username you probably made in high school is still worth a heck of a lot to companies and criminals.In a blog post Tuesday, My Space said it has disabled the affected passwords so that nobody can use the leaked credentials to gain unauthorized access to accounts.It's unclear how many of the accounts in the My Space hack were still "active," in the sense that they belong to people who continue to log into the service today.However, Single charges a one-time fee of .95 for notifications, while Dating Anyone is free.On a similar note, newly-launched Stalkerati lets you search for a person's name across multiple services - social networks, blogs and image search.They entered private beta in April 2004 and didn't hit the mainstream until February 2007.There are still 25M accounts in the My Space data so the incident certainly happened that early 2007 time frame (I recall there were a lot of people in the beta, but I doubt it was enough for 25M of them to have My Space accounts), but how much after?It's been a crazy time for data breaches and as I wrote yesterday, we've seen a very distinct pattern of historical mega breaches lately.Fling in 2011, Linked In in 2012, tumblr in 2013 and the mother of them all, My Space in, well, we don't quite know. Firstly, the only data in the breach is an incrementing ID (possibly an internal My Space identifier which would enable to date it), an email address, username and one or two passwords.As many as 360 million My Space accounts turned up for sale Friday in a 33-gigabyte dump online, according to reports that were confirmed Monday by My Space's parent, Time Inc.