Passwords and email address’s

Please see Listening to my readers post for update on the social media scene at VE3WDM's QRPowers blog.  

Now that the blog is two years old and I have started to get the hang of posting, linking URL's, uploading pictures and changing the format of the blog around now and then. I felt it was time to move the blog (and me) along toward the social media arena. I have had a Facebook site (this link has been disabled due to possible virus threat) for some time now but have not really used it. I do have a Twitter (this link has been disabled due to possible virus threat) account as well and have been known to "tweet" now and then. I have not really been committed to either Facebook or Tweeter. It's not because I feel they were of no use it was just...no I had idea what I was doing!!!

 Well this weekend was the time to take the social media swan dive, easier said than done. I tried to log into  my Facebook account after numerous password failures I was asked to have a pass word reset sent to my email. For some reason it was sent to my (forgotten about) Gmail account. Kinda hard  to get the Facebook reset in an email account were AGAIN I had no idea what the password was!!!
 At this point I am two passwords in the hole, Gmail wants me to enter the "hint" regarding my password...favorite pets name of which I had many and the list went on. After many failed attempts  Gmail is going to send a reset password to my Hotmail account, now we are cooking with gas I know that account and password!!
 I logged into my Hotmail account and there was nothing from Gmail. After waiting for over a half hour and nothing meant something was up.....to make this a little shorter story apparently I have TWO Hotmail accounts well you learn something new each day. BUT back to no password again!! After several attempts a reset was going to be sent to my other Hotmail account. To finally get into my Facebook account I have to receive a reset password in one Hotmail account to then log into my second Hotmail account to reset that password to allow me to get the reset info for the Gmail account. One hour and 10minutes later I am in Gmail....not sure why now but I'm there. Oh it was to get info on the Facebook log in troubles, I am happy to say Facebook is now up and running and so is Twitter. Oh and the Twitter adventure I am not even going to get into but a very similar safari to that of Facebook.

Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

8 Responses to “Passwords and email address’s”

  • Joe WA6RKN:

    I will not use any social N\networking. They are unsafe and loaded with malware. I run a business that depends on the computer for security and 99% of malware intrusions come from social (disease, as we in the buisness refer to them) Networks.

    You are foolish to even begin to consider such a risky move, but it is your choice.

    If you do move to a Social network, I will have you remove me from you mailing list. I don’t even want any of social network addresses coming into my network email.

    Joe Wolfe
    WA6RKN
    Progressive Information Systems, Inc.
    Reno, Nevada

  • Rory ZL3HB:

    Hi Mike form downunder.
    I sort of agree with Joe but not so forcefully. I have a Facebook account but like you have entry problems so never use it. Get totally pissed off with the continuous stream of stuff from them so wish I hadn’t.
    I enjoy your posts as they are, but I guess you need to do whatever to make it easier for you as it takes a lot of commitment to do something like this daily. We appreciate your efforts.

  • Richard KWØU:

    Personally I’ve always avoided social media sites. They are, I think, largely a waste of time and have the problems noted above. Maybe I’m getting old and crotchety, but I’d rather write a letter than use email (though admittedly it’s far easier to do the latter). And it seems kind of sad we’re in a society where people have to collect friends or contacts without meeting them in person. Granted things change–I’m sure newfangled devices like telegraphs, telephones and (yes) radios we disparaged when they came out. But this virtual socialization seems beyond that, a fragmentation of society that is being forced on people just because so many others are doing it. Count me out too.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good afternoon Joe, in no way do I want to loose any followers of the blog. I was planing on putting links on my Facebook to posts on the blog. As for twitter is was going to tweet a link to the post. Not sure if this solves your security issue but I am new to this and for sure DO NOT want to pass along any malware!! My email address is [email protected] please email with your concerns and info. The last thing I want to do is loose the followers I already have. Thanks for your feedback Joe and do get back to me.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Rory Good afternoon, well I will say this post has brought out readers I never knew I had. As I posted to Joe in no way do I want to loose readers of the blog. If this is the case for the blog and readers the social media stuff will shut down and fast!!! I will keep the blog followers posted on this issue. Thanks for the feedback and I am of the understanding the blog is about the readers of the blog. So these concerns have been taken Serously at this end and again thanks.
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Hello Richard, thanks for sharing and I too am an old guy kinda…..well according to my kids I am. The only reason for social media at this end was with the intent of getting more folks exposed to ham radio and QRP. But having said hay it seems this move may caus more harm than good in the blog following world. All of the feed back is good and is causing me to rethink things.
    Thanks for taking the time to comment and stay tuned to see where this all ends up
    Mike
    VE3WDM

  • Mark AI4HO:

    Mike, I don’t know how you do it..I have problems keeping up with 2 email addresses, if I had 3 or 4 or more I would be in real trouble. I cam see why you would after a time forget email accounts, passwords,etc. that said, I do have Facebook account like most, and though I am not on it near often enough to say I am active on Facebook..that would be an understatement. That said, I too am leery even now at this early stage of getting my website up and running, of linking it and my Facebook page..due to what Joe and the others have said. I have long known that Facebook and the other social networking sites are big time contributors of malware. I don’t need that on a new web site, nor do I want to pass along any of it to others.
    I will try to continue to be a follower of your blog, but will not guarantee it either. If push should come to shove, I may have to leave your wonderful blog behind. You have interesting tidbits of information, and I have gained some valuable information over the past year and 3 or 4 months I have been a follower. Thank you and please..don’t stop what you do here, it is a good thing, I would love to continue to follow your adventures in the world of QRP..which is one of my favorite modes of operation. I like QRO..but I like QRP better.

  • Mike VE3wdm:

    Good morning Mark, not to worry I have been listening to the advice of the comments and the social network part of the blog is shutting down as of today. I am not wanting to pass along any Malware….or anything like it to my readers.
    Mike

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