It's been a while since the Hive-Steem split already.
I wonder how many of us have taken precautions after the split, regarding our accounts.
I know I have been quite relaxed about it.
But the recent soft fork on Steem worried me, especially realizing I know little to nothing about most key players now on Steem. Players with ability to change code arbitrarily, to control key tools like SteemConnect and possibly more.
I'd go even further and not make it about who has access or controls what on Steem.
Let's say phishing takes place and some fall for it. Let's say some private keys are leaked somehow.
If you have the same master password / private keys for your account on Hive and your account on Steem and one becomes compromised, so is the other one.
That is why it is paramount that you change your master password, especially for your account(s) on Hive.
You should also use different passwords / lock codes for storing your private keys by HiveSigner vs. SteemConnect, Hive Keychain vs. Steem Keychain, Peak Lock on SteemPeak vs. on PeakD.
One other precaution you should take and I've seen this stated multiple times around the fork and after, is to change your recovery account, if it's @steem. You should do that on both Hive and Steem, unless you started it before the fork! Unless of course you trust the new Steemit, Inc. to initiate the recovery procedure for you in a timely manner if someone compromises your account.
One other thing you should do is check the positions of your witness proxy -- if you have one set -- prior and post the split and, if you agree with their positions, keep your witness proxy account, otherwise change it.
About changing the master password, private keys and recovery account on either Steem or Hive, here's an easy to follow process.
To make changes on Steem, use SteemPeak. To make changes on Hive, use PeakD.
Go to your account's profile and follow these easy steps:
- Click on Actions button at the right side (as in the image above)
- Click on Keys & Permissions from the dropdown menu
- Choose "CHANGE PASSWORD" from the menu to change the master password and implicitly the private keys
- Choose "RECOVERY ACCOUNT" from the menu to check who is it and change your recovery account
The instructions on PeakD/Steempeak are easy to follow, so I'm not going to pretend I know how to present them in a better way.
Be safe, in all the relevant ways!