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Some days ago I was taking a look at the cookies in my computer due to a problem to log into the Shroomery. I read the cookie from the Shroomery and couldn't believe, that I was able to read my password. This cookie is send through many computers before it reaches you, and is therefore possibly accesible to other people. I expected that the password would be encripted. You can take a look by yourself:
E.g. for Internet Explorer:
go to the "Internet Options" menu in the Internet Explorer. Under "temporary internet Files" push "preferences" in the next window push "show files". A Explorer showing your "temporary internet" files is displayed. Look for a text file named "wwwthreads" from the URL "Cookie:email@example.com/wwwthreads" (name is your Windows login name). Open it by pressing Enter. Windows will show a warning message, just go on. A notepad will open and you will see a line with text and numbers. The newline is not interpreted correctly by the notepad, so you may see a block instead of getting a new line. Look for "w3t_mypass" , after that your password is showed unecripted :(
The problem is that if someone knows your password, they can look at your private messages. I have myself got mail addresses through a PM (I deleted these messages) .
I just can say that you shouldn't send mail add. through the Shroomery PM, and you should take care about what you write through a PM. BTW hotmail & yahoo encript the password, this still doesn't mean that they are completelly secure.
I hope to hear some ideas from you about this security hole in the Shroomery.
-------------------- "For all the time spent in that room
The doll's house, darkness, old perfume
And fairy stories held me high on
Clouds of sunlight floating by.", Pink Floyd '67
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