Thursday, April 26, 2007

Alert: Pop-up, don't give your username and password

Today, something is going on with Blogger. Even when I am already signed in, whenever I attempt to get to the Dashboard, a pop-up appears which asked for the username and password, and foolishly, I gave my username and password. However, I think that that is a foolish and unneccesary thing to do because if you click the [x] (cancel), you will still get to the Dashboard. I am wondering if this is an attempt by some hackers to get our Blogger username and password for spamming, hijacking and other purposes.

If you get that pop-up, my advice is to click [x] (cancel) and not give your username and password. Because I gave it the first time, I have quickly changed my Blogger (Google) password, and now I believe I can sleep better.

Update 3 May 2007: Blogger Employee at the Google Blogger Help group have informed us the pop-up was from Blogger, but it had been fixed. He also assured that their username and password had not been compromised. However, I am still of the opinion that I did right in changing my password immediately as it is always better to err on the side of caution, especially when you don't have all the facts in front of you.

9 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I am from India. Wanted to know how many blogs can you have on one accounts. Please visit my blog(s) and kindly advsie me.
    thanks
    Hema
    http://bollywood-in-news.blogspot.com

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  2. Also , thanks for the "Alert- Pop-up. : I too didnt release until I saw you r mail/comments. I am changing my password right away.
    thanks
    Hemant
    http://bollywood-in-news.blogspot.com

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  3. Hi Hema,

    You can have as many blogs as you like in a single Blogger account. Just click "CREATE" in the Dashboard and make your new blogs.

    Peter
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  4. Hi, i expected another problem on blogger today. Its unpossible to make a feed widget with recent post or comments on your sidebar. The regular ones from blogger and also these from hackosphere.

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  5. Hi Matesola,

    I don't know if you are referring to being unable to see "Add a Page Element" in the Layout, which a member of Google Blogger Help group complained of. If it is, I suggest using a different browser:
    What to do when you can't publish, upload photos, load a page, login, etc.
    Why you should be using more than one browser.

    I made that suggestion to her and here is her response:

    "Spot on!
    I was using Firefox.
    So on your suggestion I switched to IE6 and have the 'add a page
    element' showing as it should.
    Thank you, environman. You're my super-hero!"

    Peter
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  6. Hi Peter - I am just thrilled to see your site since i just started experimenting with blogging too.. i am having a problem with the template i got from another blogger - my middle main does not load properly in some IE versions - may be it needs to be made fluid and i dont know how to do that! could you please look at it? I can send you the copy of template if that'll help - thanks so much

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  7. Hi bb,

    You should try to contact the author of that template.

    Peter
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  8. Hi,
    thanks for the information. Couldyou please tell me more
    1. How many google ads can one put on blogs from one account.
    2. How do we put our blog in search engines (likeyahoo or google search engines)
    thanks
    Hema

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  9. Hi Hema,

    You can put a maximum of 3 ad units, 1 link unit 2 referral text link/button per product, 2 search boxes in each page.

    Regarding submitting to site engines, refer to the following posts:
    How to submit your blog to search engines
    Adding Google sitemap to your blog.

    Peter
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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