We've all seen the recent user database hacks/leaks and quite a few members have complained that they've lost access to trackers, email accounts and their FST account because they used the same password and kept login information emails on their web-based email system.
I suggest a simple yet effective method of keeping login details safe... use POP access with a local email client just for your tracker login details.
POP (Post Office Protocol) allows an email client to download all emails to your computer, deleting the messages from the server.
A few recommended email clients:
You can either set up a POP email account with your ISP, or set up a gmail account and change its settings to allow POP access. Then configure your email client to access the account - setup details will be found on ISP's and Gmail's Help pages.
- TheBat! (it's what I use)
- Pegasus Mail
- Outlook Express
Once this is done, go to each tracker you have an account on and change the registered email address (if allowed) to your new one.
Then you can reset the passwords; some trackers allow you to generate a random password from your profile but almost all have a password recovery page that generates one once you click the link in the confirmation email.
If you can't change the registered email on a tracker (hello UK-T), simply change/reset the password and forward the email with the new password on to the new address.
Setting things up this way will prevent anyone who happens to get into your email account from getting access to all your tracker accounts.