Microsoft Beefs Up Xbox Live Security

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Xbox should have an algorithm built into its chat that automatically replaces your password with ****** if it is used, or just doesn't send your message at all and reminds you that you have been an idiot
 

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[citation][nom]back_by_demand[/nom]Xbox should have an algorithm built into its chat that automatically replaces your password with ****** if it is used, or just doesn't send your message at all and reminds you that you have been an idiot[/citation]
if you are that damn stupid to say your password, honestly you deserve it.
 

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[citation][nom]zachusaman[/nom]if you are that damn stupid to say your password, honestly you deserve it.[/citation]
So let's not do anything to increase security at all, in fact let's stop all attempts at reducing spam, viruses and trojans, because it's always the customers fault
/not funny
 

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[citation][nom]back_by_demand[/nom]So let's not do anything to increase security at all, in fact let's stop all attempts at reducing spam, viruses and trojans, because it's always the customers fault/not funny[/citation]
Many of those things will hurt everyone, even those who don't do something wrong. If you send your password to a scammer, you're only hurting yourself.
 

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There is no such thing as free Xbox Live Points or Gold membership. MS can't protect stupid people from doing stupid thing.
 

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[citation][nom]math1337[/nom]Many of those things will hurt everyone, even those who don't do something wrong. If you send your password to a scammer, you're only hurting yourself.[/citation]
You wouldn't spot Subtle Irony if it was painted bright orange, riding a unicycle through Grand Central station, playing a one-man-band and singing "Subtle Irony is here to stay" through a megaphone.
 

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[citation][nom]back_by_demand[/nom]So let's not do anything to increase security at all, in fact let's stop all attempts at reducing spam, viruses and trojans, because it's always the customers fault/not funny[/citation]

Almost always. Typing your password to someone else definitely is.

[citation][nom]back_by_demand[/nom]Xbox should have an algorithm built into its chat that automatically replaces your password with ****** if it is used, or just doesn't send your message at all and reminds you that you have been an idiot[/citation]

Problem: idiots that have their password as some random, common word will end up with a bunch of censored messages. You would also have to parse out everything that is typed into chat, hash it, and verify it against the MS account database for every message typed. That would get bogged down fast (and then groups could DDoS the database by spamming incoherent messages)
 

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[citation][nom]back_by_demand[/nom]Xbox should have an algorithm built into its chat that automatically replaces your password with ****** if it is used, or just doesn't send your message at all and reminds you that you have been an idiot[/citation]

Not a good idea !
Seeing that most folks use a 'real word' that would come up in a conversation the "****" would be a dead giveaway as you can guess the word based on the context.

 

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[citation][nom]back_by_demand[/nom]Xbox should have an algorithm built into its chat that automatically replaces your password with ****** if it is used, or just doesn't send your message at all and reminds you that you have been an idiot[/citation]

And that would mean either that the password have to be stored normal and that would mean less security in the end or each and every word typed would have to be salted and hashed and then checked if it matches the stored encrypted one and that would kill the server performance. Good idea thoo.
 

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Honestly, I suggest it to everyone: Change your passwords every 72 days. It's really not that hard to do and it could mean the difference between playing Xbox LIVE and having fun or sitting on the phone with MS support for an hour and a half submitting an unauthorized access form while someone else spends countless dollars off of your credit card.

Another form of privacy protection I take, which is a little more extreme: Prepaid credit cards. Inexpensive, and can be obtained at nearly any financial institution. With this, you can load the card with only certain amounts of money (specific dollar amounts for purchases, etc) and keeps unauthorized users from spending all your cash in the event of a security breach.

Those are steps you can take to cover your own ass, and this way you're completely self-reliant in that aspect. Either way it goes though, we live in a digital age. In no way can any company offer to completely protect your private and vital information so therefore it's up to you, as the consumer, to take matters into your own hands. This applies to any company.

Be a smart online shopper/player. Do that and you don't have to worry about these issues.
 
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