#1021 – One-Time Code Contradiction: When to Share and When to Beware

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#1021 - One-Time Code Contradiction: When to Share and When to Beware
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To share or not to share?

Those "one time codes" we often get, either as part of two-factor authentication, or as part of a recovery process, often say that you should never share them with anyone. Period. Except you're being asked to enter it.

That can lead to some confusion as to when it's safe to share, and when it's not. I cover the issue in this week's featured article.

One-Time Code Contradiction: When to Share and When to Beware

Also this week

  • Installing things when you're not around
  • The transformation of Hotmail
  • How you might be giving away your privacy
  • Unsubscribes that don't work

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Featured Article

One-Time Code Contradiction: When to Share and When to Beware

One-Time Code Contradiction: When to Share and When to Beware
And why we're still vulnerable to well-crafted scams.

You're told not to share your two-factor or other authentication code. And then you're asked for it.
Read: One-Time Code Contradiction: When to Share and When to Beware

Also This Week on Ask Leo!

Can Someone Install Something on My Computer When It's Not Logged In?
The risks of access while signed out.

Can Someone Install Something on My Computer When It
If your computer is not physically secure, someone could install something even if you're not logged in.
Read: Can Someone Install Something on My Computer When It's Not Logged In?

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What's the Difference Between Outlook.com, Hotmail.com, Msn.com, and Live.com?
Nothing.

What
Like many Microsoft products, Hotmail's name has changed a time or two and caused a great deal of confusion. I'll try to make sense of it all.
Read: What's the Difference Between Outlook.com, Hotmail.com, Msn.com, and Live.com?

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Are You Giving Away Your Privacy?
No, not the conspiracy stuff; something much simpler.

Are You Giving Away Your Privacy?
We rail against intrusions into our private affairs and private information and then post our private information publicly. Where's the logic in that?
Read: Are You Giving Away Your Privacy?

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How to Deal When Unsubscribe Doesn't Work
Time to take a different approach.

How to Deal When Unsubscribe Doesn
When a legitimate email sender doesn't respond to an unsubscribe request, they're no longer legitimate. Here's what to do.
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Are You Giving Away Your Privacy?

We rail against intrusions into our privacy. And then post our private information publicly. Where's the logic in that?
Watch: Are You Giving Away Your Privacy?

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What's the Difference Between Outlook.com, Hotmail.com, Msn.com, and Live.com?

Like many Microsoft products, Hotmail.com's name has changed a time or two. The difference ha caused a great deal of confusion. I'll try to make sense of it all.
Watch: What's the Difference Between Outlook.com, Hotmail.com, Msn.com, and Live.com?

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One-Time Code Contradiction: When to Share and When to Beware

You're told not to share your one-time two-factor or other authentication code. And then you're asked for it.
Watch: One-Time Code Contradiction: When to Share and When to Beware

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Can Someone Install Something on My Computer When It's Not Logged In?

If your computer is not physically secure, someone could install something even if you're not logged in.
Watch: Can Someone Install Something on My Computer When It's Not Logged In?

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All About OneDrive - Online Course

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