Category Archives: Web

Value your identity? Stay away from Yahoo!

Three of my friends had their Facebook account hacked in a span of a month.  How?  Their Yahoo! Mail was hacked.  They all associated their Facebook accounts with their yahoo mail.  My girlfriend is one of them.  I’ve told her many times to avoid using yahoo for anything that she values – e.g. social networking, credit transactions, etc.  Now I don’t have to say “told you so…” for her to learn from that mistake.

I’ve known for a long time that Yahoo is easily hackable.  Heck I can’t even believe that it is TOO EASY! If you have a hacked yahoo account and wanted to purge it of anything – you’d be out of luck.  I tried recovering my girlfriend’s yahoo account thru the same process a hacker can get hold of it.  Go to a Yahoo portal, click ‘Forgot Password’ or ‘Can’t access my account’ and you’re good to go.  That’s how easy it is.  You can just change the password with the steps provided in Yahoo!

Obviously it isn’t good enough to just recover the account and change its password.  I tried deleting her account thru Yahoo’s Delete steps shown here.  So I thought she’s in the clear from the hacker recovering access to her Yahoo account.  Guess what?! After you delete your account Yahoo! shows you this page.

Obviously a hacker can still recover your account within 90-days! What an idiot for Yahoo! to allow such FEATURE!

Obviously a hacker can still recover your account within 90-days! What an idiot for Yahoo! to allow such FEATURE!

I tried logging in with my girlfriend’s account with the wrong password.  And guess again! It doesn’t even make sure that I typed in the password it just asks me to verify if I want to re-active it and voila! I can open it again.  I still have 90-days to RE-ACTIVATE it as what Yahoo! says anyway.  A hacker can practically take over as long as he/she wants if needed…but for the real owner, you’d have no choice but to just wish hard the hacker won’t do more damage than what they already know – limited or not!

So for anyone using Yahoo! keep it for fancy un-important stuff.  Make sure you don’t keep confidential information in it.  I have a Yahoo! account but only for messenger – but I barely use it for important stuff anyway.  You’ve been warned!

P.S. Gmail is rock-solid in recovering passwords and even deleting accounts when the user decides to.  I just created a user in gmail to test it out.  The password recovery facility is so tight you can only recover it through a secondary email.  Deleting a google account will delete it instantly.  I can’t recover it in any way.

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Photo Portfolio

This week I’m starting to build my personal photo portfolio site on top of having flickr and multiply accounts for a couple of years. The need to have a site to show finished works has become a bit of a need. It’d save any potential and interested folks the time to sift throigh my personal site that is littered with experimental shoots and such.

For now I’m doing it in iWeb and hosted through MobileMe. It serves my purpose but I’m looking into using Jumsoft’s Aperture Web Themes. I like its look. It simplifies the purpose – just a portfolio.

I didn’t finish Jo Avila’s Advanced Photography for nothing. I intend to explore the world of photography as something where I can create art and earn from. It should be time that I lay the groundworks 😀

You can visit my photo website here.

A Very Long Hiatus

Wow! It’s been over 2 months since I last posted in here!

I’ve been quite lazy lately with posting anything in this part of the blogosphere. I’ve been mostly away for a lot of personal stuff..not to mention I’ve literally moved across countries.

It’s good to be back. Now I hope to regain my momentum in posting here. I have a few more articles in mind that may be helpful.

…but before I go again, I hope everybody is having a nice Holiday season!

New Theme…and catching up

I’ve been quite inactive in this part of my blog site – for inevitable reasons. Work has put a toll on my personal time. I can barely organize my thoughts every time I get home…I even have several sets of my photo library unprocessed (rating photos, adding metadata – keywords, comments, captions). I just dump everything into my Macbook without even looking back into it.

I’m finally picking up and hopefully I can add more useful content to this site. Although I may not have been actively blogging, I was actually busy doing outdoor recreation. I’ll probably write something about it in the next few days.

I found this theme from a fellow PhilMUG member – a Philippine Mac User Group forum – who is using it in his wordpress blog. I find it concise and simplistic. It is not that very attractive or gets attention, but I feel I want my blog to be this simple for the readers.

** F1 Race Weekend in Sepang **

Since I’m stuck in Malaysia for the Holy Week – I’m a Catholic – I pretty much don’t have a choice but to watch the F1 championship leg in Sepang this weekend. I’m no F1 fan but I bought tickets to get a chance to shoot. It would add to my collection – a test of how I would shoot fast (or super fast) sports! I’m sure I’d be excited to share my F1 experience – in a non-fanatic way.

Loosely Connected

Whoa! It seems like I’ve been out for almost a month. Internet connectivity had been unpredictable for me. Not to mention the last few weeks had been crazy filled with unplanned business trips and the holiday rush. I basically have not enough time to write reviews that I promised. Today, however, is different.

I’ve finally convinced my fellow roommates to get ourselves a dedicated broadband service. We’ve been secretly hooking up on occassional spills of a free wifi SSID at home – thank you neighbor! According to the service brochure it can deliver best effort of 2MBps upload/download speed at RM60/month. That got me excited for such an inexpensive service. Sure enough, we got hooked up today and ran speedtest immediately.

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Amazing results!

Running speedtest on a KL server does show a whooping 2MBps download speed and an unbelievable 40+MBps upload speed. It’s too good to be true until I tried hitting my bookmarked sites. All of them seemed a little sluggish. I ran speedtest again on several US and UK sites and saw the difference in bandwidth.

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I spoke too soon 😦

I called tech support and true enough he confirmed that the backbone is 2MBps within the Malaysian grid but the ADSL has a bottleneck connecting to international sites. Ironic but I appreciate the support staff for being honest. As ADSL is a shared service the bandwidth availability for each node will be unpredictable. If I’d only access local servers I’d get the fast speed. I don’t know how localized but I’ve read from forum sites that Chinese torrent trackers give better feeds so I would assume the SEA grid only.

I wouldn’t know if other ISPs have different backbone infrastructure but I think I’d settle for this service. I’ve heard mixed reviews of other ISPs like Izzi, Maxis and Streamyx. The first two are 3G based which is unreliable. Streamyx requires additional documents that involves our landlord – which is a hassle for such a temporary service (1 year). All of them also requires a large sum of security deposit required for foreigners that would get 1-3 months processing to refund at termination – I won’t be here by then if my VISA expires or move out. It tells me a lot on what life is for expatriates and I’d have to get used to it. It’s part of getting acquainted with foreign laws and policies.

Flickr drops Paypal

NotAcceptPaypalThere was quite a commotion among Flickr users that have their Pro account expired recently (or soon to) when they found out that they can’t use Paypal anymore as payment option. Some basically don’t use credit cards and have Paypal as their virtual wallets.

Now I don’t really know what impact will it do with Philippine Flickr users as Yahoo! Wallets now handle the payments – I practically have no idea if Yahoo! Wallets accept local Philippine credit cards. I don’t really to worry yet as Heather (the Flickr staff that handles this issue) says that Paypal will be back not later than 1/1/2008. I got mine last May so I can still have paypal as payment then. For others, I think they will just have to find out if local credit cars work.

Forgivable Mishap

Globe VisibilityAt around 6AM today, I lost connection on my Globe Visibility modem. I can’t connect to the network server since then. I was thinking Globe’s network connectivity problem hits me again. Not to waste more time figuring out what the problem is, I swapped the Globe 3G SIM with my Smart SIM in my ETEN M600 to call Customer Service. Alas! I knew then why I can’t get a connection. My line was disconnected. Darn!

I don’t know why my line got disconnected today. I know that my monthly bill is due every 2nd or 3rd day of the month – it’s still more than a week from now!

Thankfully the automated prompt that responds when I try to make a call in my Globe Visibility SIM provided me with the reconnection department at 730.1429. I hurriedly swapped my SIMs and called the phone number. Apparently Globe’s system (or someone in their Globe Visibility account department) thought I had an overdue payment without even looking at my account’s history.

I clarified everything and told that my line will be reconnected within 24 hours. What?!!! At 8AM I was fumed with anger that I have to suffer that mishap in disconnecting my account. The customer service pacified me a little to say that sometimes the reconnection can happen within 2-3 hours (I actually believe this – I had a Globe 500 account before that gets reconnected after a few hours instead of 24 hours). I guess it was just protocol to say it takes 24 hours.

I have my account reconnected at about 1PM (after 7 hours) and enjoying my coffee here at Coffee Bean and Tea leaf. If it took Globe 24 hours to sort this out it would have been unforgivable. Oh well, just a rant for disrupting my constant net mobility.