Pinterest password change request - is it legit?

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  1. stuff4kids profile image97
    stuff4kidsposted 4 years ago

    Hi,
    I'm new to Pinterest and just received an email from apparently from them asking me to change my password as there had been some security issue (a virus called Heartbleed).

    I juts wanted to check if anyone knows if this is legitimate or if it is some kind of phishing scam?

    Thanks in advance.   smile

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image73
      Matthew Meyerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Lifehacker has a few good write ups as well.
      http://gizmodo.com/heartbleed-why-the-i … 1560812671

      If you are not doing so now, it might be a good time to try a utility like LastPass, use unique passwords for each account, and enable 2 step authentication for all accounts that support it.

      http://lifehacker.com/tag/lastpass
      http://lifehacker.com/5938565/heres-eve … -right-now

      Also be aware that some sites, LastPass included, have a basic tool that only checks for presence of server elements, and not the specific version with vulnerabilities.

      More info on that in this forum thread.
      http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2572438

    2. TDowling profile image77
      TDowlingposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Check out the  Hub on the Heart Bleed Bug at http://rachaelohalloran.hubpages.com/hu … ng-Hacked#

    3. profile image0
      sheilamyersposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      As the others said, it's probably legit. But I'd like to post a warning for everyone regarding emails requesting or warning you to change your passwords. Although I haven't heard of any scams playing on the recent Heart Bleed Bug, I'm sure there will be some people jumping on it in order to get a hold of account information. Scam emails, especially those that look like they're from your bank or credit card company, have been circulating for many years. If and when you receive an email from any website asking you to change your password, don't use the links they provide. The best way to do this is to type the site URL (the one you know is real, not the one in the email) into your browser bar (or click on your bookmark) so you know you're at the real site and not some realistic knockoff created by a scammer. Once there, sign in as you usually do, go to your account information, and change your password and other information. Am I paranoid? Maybe, but better safe than sorry.

  2. chasmac profile image96
    chasmacposted 4 years ago

    I found this online. It mentions other sites at risk too.

    Pinterest: "We fixed the issue on Pinterest.com, and didn't find any evidence of mischief. To be extra careful, we e-mailed Pinners who may have been impacted, and encouraged them to change their passwords."

    Read more: HEARTBLEED BUG: List of passwords you should change - KMSP-TV http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/25 … z2yb6RroOy

    1. stuff4kids profile image97
      stuff4kidsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you!

  3. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago

    It's legit and you should do it.  Also look into the status of other sites you have an account with.

    1. stuff4kids profile image97
      stuff4kidsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you! That's great. I'll do it. smile

  4. janshares profile image95
    jansharesposted 4 years ago

    I received one from my credit union and another from Twitter yesterday. It is real. I saw the forum here yesterday.

    1. stuff4kids profile image97
      stuff4kidsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much!

      smile

  5. The Examiner-1 profile image73
    The Examiner-1posted 4 years ago

    There is a new bug around and the email change notices have to do with that. They have just acquired their protection against it. It is in a forum by TIMETRAVELER2. I have made mine in Pinterest.

 
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