Use different passwords!

Here is a classic example of why you should always use different passwords and never use the same one for everything.

I occasionally subscribe to an online Linux forum, and I used a unique password.

Apparently 1.8 million Ubuntu forum accounts have just been hacked and I received the message below.

“You are receiving this message because you have an account registered with this address on

The Ubuntu forums software was compromised by an external attacker. As a result, the attacker has gained access to read your username, email address and an encrypted copy of your password from the forum database.

If you have used this password and email address to authenticate at any other website, you are urged to reset the password on those accounts immediately as the attacker may be able to use the compromised personal information to access these other accounts. It is important to have a distinct password for different accounts.

The website is currently offline and we are working to restore this service. Please take the time to change your account password when service is restored.

We apologize for any inconvenience to the Ubuntu community, thank you for your understanding”.

Please take note.

Godfrey Green

Cardigan U3A