OT? Accidentally gave away ISP password.

Discussion in 'Anti-Virus' started by micky, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. micky

    micky Guest

    OT? Accidentally gave away ISP password.

    I apologize if this is off-topic. If it is, can you suggest a ng?

    How serious is it if someone, in the process of registering/enrolling
    in some website, gives a password that he also uses for his Comcast
    login? (or maybe it's his gmail email), My brother started to
    register but it asked a lot of semi-personal questions and he quit in
    the middle. But now he figures they have his password.

    Are they likely to use his password somehow? He doesn't keep any
    bank or credit card records on his computer.

    I said what I figured any pro would say, Change your password now, and
    he knows the password, but he didn't know his Userid for Comcast, so
    he couldn't log into to Comcast. I tried going to the page Lost your
    Userid, and it didn't' find him the first two times, and it asked for
    information he didn't have with him, and then he thought, Well, my
    wife opened the account, so maybe she used her cell phone number and
    her last 4 digits of SSN. So now he's thinking, Well it probably
    doesn't matter anyhow. What can they do to me just because they have
    my password? Is he right.

    My older brother, who doesn't like computers, was trying to find a
    phone number, and the listing somewhere gave all but the number,
    but it had a link marked Free to find out More. He clicked on that
    and it wanted him to register. He started, gave the same password he
    uses elsewhere (probably to log in to Comcast, but maybe he's wrong,
    and he means his Gmail account. ( Why he doesn't just use a Comcast
    address for email I can only guess, which is, I'll bet someone else
    set up a gmail account for him.)

    I urged him to use different passwords for everything and to write
    them down since no one can remember them all. .

    micky, Jan 9, 2012
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  2. Call your ISP's customer service department and have them change the
    password. Any other places that use the same password should also be
    changed ... and as you said above - using the same password for
    different things is a bad idea securitywise.
    FromTheRafters, Jan 9, 2012
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  3. micky

    micky Guest

    Thanks for the reply.

    I told my brother you said to do that, but he said,I don't want to
    wait on the phone and I don't think they can hurt me. My computer is
    in my apartment and they don't know where I live. .

    And I didn't know what to respond because this was a webpage and he
    hadn't entered his Comacast userid. He doesn't even remember his
    Comcast userid because it's in his computer at home.

    What can I say to convince him?
    micky, Jan 10, 2012
  4. Nothing, I suppose.
    FromTheRafters, Jan 10, 2012
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    Shadow, Jan 11, 2012
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