Due to the recent news about LinkedIn usernames and passwords being leaked to the public and apparently already used to annoy people with phishing mails, I thought I’d share my personal approach to keeping my identity save.
The way I manage all my online accounts without having to memorize 100 passwords works by using a dedicated mail address for each and everyone of the sites. Sounds crazy complicated – doesn’t it?
It’s not – as long as you own a domain and your provider supports the catch-all setting for e-mail accounts. What catch-all does is it forwards every message that is adressed to any combination of words & numbers followed by @yourdomain.com to a single mail account you specify.
Once you have this set up – you can sign up at any website with a dedicated address. I structure mine something along the lines of [pet name][#+!][name of service]@yourdomain.com where [pet name][#+!] never changes.
So when I hear about a leak like the recent one – I don’t have to go and change my passwords on many many sites. All I did was change the mail address associated with the service.