I’ve been using them for a while and remember when Jenna Jameson only had 11 Myspace friends and it still showed ingenuity to exploit the template to promote your band and/or other projects. It’s like handing someone an X-box 360 controller and asking them to play Bioshock, Left 4 Dead, or some other crazy-ass, weird, intense game, when they haven’t fucked with any video game technology since Pong.

The operations can become a lot more confusing than it would for someone that went from Donkey Kong to Super Mario Brothers to Super Mario World, etc.

By now you may have read about how Tracy Turkish Brooks and her “other pussy” had an embarrassing Facebook moment when she – supposedly – posted a very steamy note to “Michael”, and accidentally published it for the world to see instead of sending it via private Facebook email.

The post, which was real enough, read “Thank you too, Micheal, I had a great time as well. I must admit, I haven’t had sex in a while, so getting mounted by such a strong and powerful man was a pleasant surprise after so many long months of …abstinence.

In reality, the last time that Tracy herself actually posted to her Facebook account appears to have been several hours earlier on the same day – in the mid-morning Tracy announced that she was glad that it was Friday; she followed that up at almost p.m. The vast majority of these questions could be readily answered by anyone with whom you grew up – or anyone who is able to steer you into a conversation designed to elicit the information – allowing them to gain access to your Facebook account, change the password and lock you out, and then masquerade as you.

indicating that she was looking forward to the weekend: More than four hours later, the steamy “other pussy” post hit Tracy’s Facebook page, immediately followed by “Tracy” acting embarrassed that she had accidentally publicly posted it, followed by a whole slew of comments (some razzing her, some declaiming that Tracy had written it). And, because many people use the same password across many sites, they may now also have access to your other email accounts, other social networking site accounts, and even your banking accounts, if they all use the same password (which is why you should never use the same password for two or more different accounts).

The relevant part of the Act is Schedule 1, Part I, paragraph 7, which states the seventh of eight Data Protection Principles: Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.9 Having regard to the state of technological development and the cost of implementing any measures, the measures must ensure a level of security appropriate to— (a) the harm that might result from such unauthorised or unlawful processing or accidental loss, destruction or damage as are mentioned in the seventh principle, and (b) the nature of the data to be protected.

It should be noted that these restrictions apply to “personal data” as well as to “sensitive personal data.” As Mats argued, and I would reiterate, and the Christian dating website/4chan incident illustrates dramatically, losing people’s passwords has the potential for immense harm.Facebook itself allows you to select from one of eight possible security questions to recover your password, including “Who was your third grade teacher? Tracy is lucky that she had so many friends and family to rush to her virtual side, and to publicly decry the naughty deed as a forgery, hopefully before her employer, a potential boyfriend, or other person whose opinion could be devestatingly negatively impacted could misjudge her.While some may laugh at the whole thing as a silly episode, with no harm lasting harm done, the underlying messages are loud and clear:1. Use a different password for each site and service; 3.Reading about this (and a similar event somewhat closer to home a week later) has got me thinking about the whole issue again.A couple of years ago, Mats Helander proposed on his blog that saving plain text passwords should be illegal.Confession: Christian vlogger Sam Rader has admitted to having an Ashley Madison account in a You Tube video.