Is Google Verifying Gmail Accounts?
I'm concerned, Dave! I got an email from firstname.lastname@example.org saying that "to ensure you do not lose your E-mail account during this period, you must confirm to us that your account is still active by responding to this notice with your account information", but then it asks for both my account name and password. Surely that's not right, is it?
It's not right, and don't call me Shirley! (with a nod to the recently deceased comic actor Leslie Nielsen)
This is easy enough to figure out: no online service will ever ask you to email them your current or former account password, and they don't need your account name because they already know it, right?
Let me say that again:
No online service will ever ask for your password.
I know the email you got because I got a couple of copies too, and it's actually fairly well thought out, doesn't have any typos, etc:
1 - Username:
NOTE: This information will help us upgrade your account to our new F-Secure 2010 version HTK4S anti-virus/anti-spyware and your password will be encrypted with 1024-bit RSA keys for your password security.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
This is, of course, bogus, and I'm sure that by the time you read this blog posting that Google will have already shut down the "account-upgrade" account, just in case anyone is naive enough to respond with the information specified.
Wondering what they'll do with your information? I can assure you that it's nothing to do with "F-Secure" software, that's for sure! More likely they'll immediately log in to your account - since you gave them the username and password - and change the password and security question. Net result? You just lost your account, your email archive, address book, and any chance of trying to get it back.
So one more time now, with feeling...
Don't share your password with anyone, ever. Not even me.
There. Now go delete that message without a second thought.
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