Facebook Should Not Ask For Your E-mail Password

Facebook asking for my e-mail password
Facebook wants my e-mail password. Really?! I can’t believe Facebook believes this is okay.

You should never provide your e-mail password to anyone and especially not a social media site. Your email account is your identity. Once someone has access to it, they can use your e-mail account to retrieve all your other passwords. Talk about identity theft…

Even if Facebook doesn’t store your password (as they claim), this is still a big no-no; it will make people think this is a reasonable request. It’s NOT!

What is Facebook thinking?

Making an Empty Inbox

For eight straight weeks, my inbox was empty. At least, it might as well have been; I wasn’t checking it. I was on sabbatical.

Having been back from sabbatical a few weeks, I’m watching my inbox get clogged with those difficult to answer e-mails, those large tasks, and just some plain junk.

Inbox Zero is a method of handling an inbox so that it never gets very full, in fact, it can be empty.

43 Folders has a series of posts on the concept.

Back to Work; Sabbatical is Over

Having cast off for sabbatical eight weeks ago, today was time to plug back into the docking station.

Alpha mail. Thankfully, only 500 e-mails were waiting in my inbox and most could be discarded without reading more than the subject line. After accepting a few meeting requests and placing a few phone calls to ensure the other e-mails had been handled in my absence, I was able to get my inbox down to less than ten e-mails by end of day. That’s the result of having great coverage. Thanks, guys!

Breaking rules. Waiting on my desk was a bookstore gift certificate in recognition of some work I did immediately before sabbatical. During lunch, I bought First, Break all the Rules. After all, work bought me the book; I thought I’d return the favor by getting something that just might improve my on-the-job performance. Coincidentally, this morning I completed an organizational health survey. Upon starting the book, I recognized the twelve core questions. Maybe I’m not the first to have read this book.

Wireless mouse. Going through my drawers, I discovered mouse droppings. Wait — that didn’t come out right. My top desk drawer contained shredded paper napkins and mouse poop. That’s not good; I didn’t even have food there. Not that I suspect my coworkers, but I locked my drawers before sabbatical. Fortunately, the drawer held nothing of value and now the trash can does. Welcome back! I’m tempted to try a trap.

Beat by the Street. I looked up my employer’s stock. Great — there’s a definite improvement that coincided with my departure. Don’t tell upper management…

Staying on sabbatical. As part of my sabbatical, I took a political fast. Normally a political junky, I abstained from talk radio, political blogs, and political commentary. Amazingly enough, the world continued to spin without me. I’m considering continuing the fast or at least maintaining a slim political diet. My heart will thank me, I’m sure. I’ll have more time to do the other things I enjoy. Speaking of which…

Going nowhere not so fast. After a full, fun day at work I exercised today. Just the treadmill tonight, but my board short tan’s going to look pretty funny when I swim laps again.

Yup, I’m back. Good to see you all again. :-)

Sabbatical Plans

My sabbatical starts when today ends. Wow! I still have too much to do or delegate…

I read recently about the concept of e-mail bankruptcy (thanks Josh for helping me find that link). Although it sounds tempting, I will process my e-mail inbox before sabbatical starts. Do or delegate is the plan.

My family and I will be traveling quite a bit, visiting family, friends, and interesting (and relaxing) locations. I will be taking my computer. After all, the camera’s flash card will get full and need to be emptied.

I’m also taking some books. Timothy Ferris’, The 4-Hour Workweek, seems appropriate sabbatical reading. I’m also taking Ray Kurzweil’s, The Singularity Is Near. I have some other unfinished books, but I’m also taking a sabbatical from politics, so that will limit what I take. History’s not politics, so that gives me some wiggle room. I might finish (I’ll probably have to start over) Lawrence Wright’s, The Looming Tower. We’ll see.

Blogging will be different — no politics. Maybe some travel pictures and maps. I’ll have to remember to take my GPS and see what I can do with it.

It’s going to be fun! ;-)