You or a family member may have gotten an email informing about being hacked and presenting you with the password that you use.  The email may also mention that it has caught bad behavior on camera and requests you pay them in bitcoin. 


  • DO NOT
    • pay the scammers 
    • reply to the email in any way
  • DO
    • delete the email (you may archive it as well)
    • perform a password audit (set aside an hour or so)
      • collect all your passwords for all you accounts - including sensitive accounts such as financial, medical and the like
      • change the passwords to all your sensitive accounts to a complex password.
      • How to generate complex passwords and store them (OPTIONS)
      • Final Thoughts - using Apple and Google
        • If you use both Apple and Google to generate passwords you need a way to store the same password in both systems:
          • Generate and save the password in Google using Chrome, 
          • save the password in a Google Sheet 
          • copy the password
          • If I'm on a Mac laptop or desktop:
            • I make sure I am logged into iCloud using  my personal Apple ID > Go to System Preferences > iCloud. Enter your Apple ID and password. Click Sign In.
            • Choose Apple >In macOS Mojave or earlier, click iCloud > Select Keychain
            • Open Safari and login to the account I just copied the password for and when prompted save the password from Safari
          • If I'm on my iPhone/iPad
            • Download Google Drive on my iPhone and login to it using my personal gmail account
            • Open the Google sheet and copy and paste the desired password
            • make sure I am logged into iCloud > Open the Settings app > Tap Sign in to your [device] > Enter your Apple ID and password > click iCloud > Keychain > set to On
            • open the app or website and paste the desired password and let the system save your password
            • now you have the same password saved in Apple's and Google's systems