After the past few weeks of fun and excitement on the Web, I have decided to practice what I preach by starting to decrease my Electronic Footprint. The Heartbleed Bug will mean that we must all go and change all of our passwords and such to get back to a less vulnerable stance (sorry I have been watching MI-5 on Netflix).
One of the first steps I have taken is to minimize financial issues, and I had a small account with Mint.com, which was mostly to just try things out, that I have deleted. The account was not being used, all it did was tell me once a month that one of my credit cards has a balance, but no longer.
The reasons for cancelling this part of my electronic footprint:
- The account was not being used and all it could do was act as a gateway for “bad folk” to break into my financial life and crap all over the place.
- Mint while an interesting service, can cause a great deal of consternation with your financial providers as well, if your account is cracked and used for bad things. I am not sure if your bank could do anything, but I don’t think you want to expose yourself to any possible jeopardy from sharing your banking information.
- It is one less password and user id to remember or worry about.
I actually have a very long list of user ids and passwords that I will now be going through to decide to either:
- Change the password to something new
- Delete the account because I can’t justify having this “possible security hole” still existing
Oh, and understand that a lot of accounts if you “DELETE” them, they don’t actually go away (e.g. Facebook), so remember to read carefully what happens if you try to DELETE an account.