So I get the following email from one of the journals for which I am on the editorial board:
Dear Prof. Munger,
We appreciate you reviewing for the Journal of Rectal-Cranial Inversion. The journal will now be published by BANGALORE CORP. As the new editors we would like to invite you to go to our submission website, http://mc.manuscriptlosing software.com/jrci and update your account by using the following user id, munger@college.EDU. To retrieve your password, please enter your email address into the Password Help function on the log in page. For security purposes we have not included your password in this email.
We greatly value your time in the all important process of reviewing and look forward to working with you in the future.
Let us know if you have any further questions.
Prof. Thing One and Prof. Thing Two
Editors of JRCI
So, I go to the website, and enter my email address. I could see what was coming, but refused to believe it. And then it happened: the publisher website sent me an email....AN UNENCRYPTED EMAIL!...with my password.
Immediately, I send the editors an email, asking how an email from a publisher is more secure than an email from the editors, which would have saved me several minutes updating my account. Haven't heard back yet.....will advise.
UPDATE 1: Got this email from manuscript losing software program:
Dear Prof. Munger:
This e-mail has been automatically generated per your request.
Your USER ID is munger@college.EDU
Your single use password is bitemedo45
Please note that this password will expire on Sat, 9 Sep 2006 18:52:05 GMT / Sat, 9 Sep 2006 14:52:05 EST.
If this password has expired, you can generate a new one by entering your email address into the 'Password Help' function on your site log in page: http://mc.manuscriptlosingsoftware.com/jrci
When you log in with it you will be prompted to set a permanent password.
Yep, that's MUCH more secure than an email....