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Google Now Requiring A Password Recovery Email Address

Recently, we see a few reports from nervous bloggers.
From time to time, the following message appears in a box at the top of my main Gmail (My Blogger login, my Google login, etc) page:
Hey, this is important: we don't have a password recovery email address or phone number for your account. If you lose your access, we may not be able to help you.
Is this a scam (Is this phishing?) (Is this spam?)...


In computer security, it's never a bad idea to be skeptical. It's one way of limiting the effects of CKI Faults. But when you are doing something intentional, using (what should be) a trusted product, like Google, and you get advice like this, heed the advice - please.

You don't need to do something dodgy, like answer an email, and provide your account name / password / drivers license number. But take this as a warning.

Check the email address associated with your Blogger account, and make sure it is one that you can use easily, when needed. Now. If your account does not have a working email address, and you ever forget the password, you'll not be able to execute a password reset. Then, you will be hurting.

This message, if you see it when logging in to Blogger, GMail, or Google, is not a scam. It's Google strongly suggesting that you ensure that your password recovery (account backdoor) email address is operational.

Check your email addresses, now. Now!

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