Yesterday a creepy thing happened to my steemit account. I refreshed the page and it suddenly changed into French or Spanish or don’t know but a different language. I thought my account was hacked. It scared the shit out of me. I was using the same password as given to me when I signed up for steemit.
Then an angel @fred777bear came to my rescue. He suggested that I use the Posting Key and never use the main password (also known as Owner’s Key) to log-in for posts, upvotes, comments etc.
I immediately went to the wallet and changed my password (also known as Owner’s key). I followed these steps and you MUST TOO… Don’t let your account be compromised in anyway.
STEPS YOU MUST TAKE IMMEDIATELY
When you sign-up for your steemit account, you are given a password (Owners Key). This is the main key or password. Whoever owns it, owns the account. Since, I have been using it frequently and what happened last night I have to change it.
Step 1Go To Wallet > Password > Enter Your Current Password > Generate New Password > Write It Down on a Piece of Paper > Re-Enter it Manually > Click Update Password.
Step 2Go straight to wallet and permission section.
Step 3Four keys are shown. Under Posting Key, click on Show Private Key and note down the key on a piece of paper and double check it whether you got it right.
Step 4Under Active Key, click on Login To Show, and enter your main password (new one) and note down the Active Private Key on a piece of paper and double check it whether you got it right.
Step 5Log-out from Steem.
Step 6On Chrome
Click Right on Options > Scroll Over History and Open it > Click Clear Browsing Data > Click Advance > Check All Boxes > Click Clear Data
Step 7Close Chrome and Open it again.
Step 8Now Log-in on Steemit with Username and Posting Private Key that you wrote down on paper.
Step 9Google ask you to save your password, click Never.
Step 10Now Open Notepad, type all the KEYS you wrote on a paper and save it on a USB (External Drive).
Additional Details: What Keys are Used For