Read This to Help Avoid Hackers

Every week, members tells us that their email accounts has been compromised.  These are not compromised by SCV-CAMFT.ORG, in fact, we monitor our systems during the day for any "strange" behavior.   What happens is that a member's email password is cracked by hackers and the member's email account (Yahoo mail, Gmail, AOL, HotMail, etc) are used to send out spam or worse viruses.  Sometimes we are the ones that have to give the bad news to a member because we start getting spam or strange messages.   We are very proactive about this and will always call a member if we notice suspicious behavior.

Here's what happens.  A hacker figures out a password - some are so easy to figure out that hackers delight in cracking those.  Because people tend to share the same password over multiple systems - for example, social media (Facebook, LInkedIn, etc) and other online systems, once a hacker gets into one system, they probably can get into other systems.

Here's a quick narrative on how this works.   Hacker Hank (or Heather) gains access to your email account.  Quickly, all of your contacts are pulled and now the hacker can sell the information to spammers.  Spammers love to use someones email to send out their junk.    Or, the hacker is bad (evil) and is sending out links that will cause viruses to spread to anyone's computer who is in  your address book.

How Does this Happen?

Weak passwords, passwords that contain standard dictionary words and addresses, telephone numbers, zip codes and even children or pet's names.   There is so much information now available on a search on the Internet that many passwords can be easily guessed.    Sometimes, it is a result of being at a public computer and forgetting to log out.   But, most of the time, it is weak passwords - so we'll call that a user error. 

You Could Compromise Your Client's Contact Information

Let's say you have all of your clients in your email address book.   A hacker breaks into your email.  Now, your clients start get spam, explicit information, or viruses from you. Not a good thing.

How Do I Make Sure My Email Password is Secure?

Security experts agree that the longer a password is, the more mix of upper and lower case letters, and the use of NO dictionary words is a good start.  And, never share the same password for your important information - bank account, etc.   So, here's a way to come up with a password that will be less likely to be cracked.   First use upper and lower case letters and numbers.   Some systems allow you to put a "special" character in the password such as the ^ or *.

Don't be fooled into thinking that having your zip code, four digits from your phone number or anything like that will stop someone.  It's too public.

Some people make up a phrase and use that phrase - for example (don't use this one) - My best 3xperience Was taking my 5 squid Swimming daily 4 Lunch.

That would translate into Mb3Wtm5sSd4L.

That would be a pretty difficult password to "crack."    

Is the SCV-CAMFT Site Safe?

Yes, we use several methods to protect your information.  First we don't have access to your password.   We store your password within our system and encode it for security.   We can never give you your password - you have to reset it yourself.    We are not able to view your password at all.  And, we hope that you don't use the same password on your email as you do for SCV-CAMFT.

Second, when you make a purchase (membership, event) on the site, the transactional information is NEVER kept on our site and is protected by SSL encryption.    We don't store your credit card info.  

Protect your email account - make sure your password is secure.

How do Passwords Work on the SCV-CAMFT Site?

Your password on the site can be changed by you once you've logged into the system.  On the My Account page, you will be able to change your password from a system generated one to one that you might find easier to remember.   If you request a password reset because you have forgotten your password, the system will look up your email address and if we find a match to what you've entered, you'll get the password reset sent to you by email.   Be sure to look in the junk or spam email box if you don't receive the password reset within a few minutes.

The new password sent by the system will replace an older password.  Old passwords will NOT work if you've reset or changed the password.   

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