A few weeks ago, I received an email from my good young friend, Soda, that he had TAGGED me and the email had a line implying that if I did not join this TAGGED network, my friendship with him would be in question!
Is Soda your friend?
Please respond or Soda may think you said no :(
When I get emails which border on being emotional blackmailed, I usually investigate a little deeper. When I went through the process of joining the TAGGED network, and it came to a particular stage, whoosh, I closed the link.
The process of registration was asking me to reveal, to TAGGED, my email password.
This is a sure recipe for your entire security on the Internet and your personal computer to be fully compromised. Once you part with your password to such an organisation, the robot can enter your personal email INBOX, your ARCHIVES, your ADDRESS BOOK and data mine all your sensitive information, which could even be your credit card details.
I sent a reply to SODA:
Tagged is asking for my Password when filling in details - which I cannot give. Be careful about this site!
I few days later I had a similar request from a Cathedralite friend.
I replied him this:
Tagged is asking for passwords.
Use LinkedIn, much better. Do you want to be in that Contact Manager?
To which he replied:
I merely answered one tag message, filled a form in and I now see that this thing has gone to my entire address book ! Quite horrified. Any idea how I can undue this Tag business? Sorry, I truly didnt mean to Tag everyone, except the guy who tagged me! Help !!
He was in panic and I replied to him:
That was why they asked for your email address AND Password.
Don't know how you get out of it except by directly communicating with them.
Stay away from anything that asks for YOUR password to register - you are in for some tough times!
Since then I have had similar request from many friends who had compromised their system. Then came this from the Cathedralite daughter of another Cathedralite friend:
Thanks for this mail - its really weird as I didnt tag anyone. Will check my system for a virus.
Thanks for letting me know,
Remember, this is not a virus, but a violation of your secrecy which you permitted by giving your password when you were emotionally blackmailed. Take action NOW before you are compromised on some other front.
My suggestion is that you bombard them with questions and demand restitution for compromising your email secrecy!
These are the CONTACT details for TAGGED:
Email email@example.com with site related questions or complications.
Company Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Partnerships: email@example.com
All Other Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
web Address: http://corp.tagged.com/
P.O. Box 193152
San Francisco, CA 94119-3152
Do not violate Rule 1 of the Internet- never give YOUR PASSWORD to ANYONE!