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Old 11-14-13, 10:50 AM   #1
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Someone hacked my e-mail

Someone I share a computer with got into my Yahoo email. I am wondering;
1. How did they do it?
2. How do I know if my email is still "hacked"?
3. How do I prevent it?
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Old 11-14-13, 10:53 AM   #2
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Change your password immediately and make the new one something nonsensical that includes numbers and symbols.

There are programs out there for hacking accounts, or the person could have watched you sign on and remembered the password.
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Old 11-14-13, 10:55 AM   #3
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1. Yahoo has had horrible security enforcement. Many passwords were discovered.
2. Change your password, make it unique and secure.
3. Don't use Yahoo.
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Old 11-14-13, 04:44 PM   #4
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Use google.
Click "Log Out". If you just close the browser you are not logged out, they merely need to open a new browser window and open what ever you were logged into and they are in like Flynn.

Put a persistent linux distro on a thumb drive and only use that.
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Old 11-14-13, 04:59 PM   #5
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If you just close the browser you are not logged out, they merely need to open a new browser window and open what ever you were logged into and they are in like Flynn.
That was my first thought. My computer will keep me signed into a lot of stuff (like Bike Forums) unless I deliberately sign out or change settings. If I was sharing this computer, I would check/change settings.
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Old 11-14-13, 05:30 PM   #6
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Change your password immediately and make the new one something nonsensical that includes numbers and symbols.

There are programs out there for hacking accounts, or the person could have watched you sign on and remembered the password.
I have had this happen several times - frustrating... my password is now about 30 letters and numbers/symbols long... if its someone you live with, figuring out your password would not be hard. Again make it ridculously long and difficult with cap and small letters numbers and symbols.

Also - always sign out; always log off; never save passwords; never leave your computer running; all the common sense stuff...also I routinely dump all the email addresses that get saved... this prevents someone using my computer to spam out emails...
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Old 11-14-13, 06:17 PM   #7
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Did you receive a email from Yahoo that you need to verify your account? This is a fake email sent by the hacker. Once you click on the verify link it brings you to the yahoo mail login page, where you have to key in your login name and password. The cloned page is how they got you to give them your login name and password.

When you received this suspicious email, the [sender] box may show that it is from yahoo, but when you move your mouse over to the [sender] box without clicking, it will show the true identity of the sender. Sometimes they tell you that if you do not verify or confirm your account it will be deleted. Well, I did not reply to them, and my mail is still alive... Just delete this email.

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Old 11-14-13, 07:31 PM   #8
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I was hacked once and I didn't like the experience. Like getting burgled. You feel invaded.

Plus they sent my rich Aunt Sally porn.

That embarrassed me until she upped my stake.

I guess it turns out she has a thing for webcams.
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Old 11-14-13, 09:46 PM   #9
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I was hacked once and I didn't like the experience. Like getting burgled. You feel invaded.

Plus they sent my rich Aunt Sally porn.

That embarrassed me until she upped my stake.

I guess it turns out she has a thing for webcams.
Yeah, "they" hacked you. Uh huh.
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And you said I could "trust" you.

That hurt, you know.

But at least Aunt Sally's happy and that's what counts.
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Old 11-14-13, 11:39 PM   #11
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Old 11-15-13, 05:49 AM   #12
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Change your password immediately and make the new one something nonsensical that includes numbers and symbols.
But do it in a way that makes sense for you.

For instance, you could take the last 2 letters of family member names, combine with birth month and throw in some @ signs and ! at the end.

So, Mary, born in April, and John born in October could be: Ry@04Hn@10!

Or use a phrase acronym, with alternating Caps, such as: "This is My Yahoo Email Password For Now" = TiMyP4N

In other words, come up with something hard to guess, but fairly easy to remember.
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Old 11-15-13, 06:29 AM   #13
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This is true, plus the more users a machine has the more likely other problems will arise.
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Old 11-15-13, 06:46 AM   #14
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Old 11-15-13, 10:56 AM   #15
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And you said I could "trust" you.

That hurt, you know.

That's what safewords are for. Palomino! Palomino!
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That's what safewords are for. Palomino! Palomino!
Palomino?! I thought you said what happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas. You better not post the pics of me wearing the saddle and bridle.

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Old 11-15-13, 12:08 PM   #17
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Change your password immediately and make the new one something nonsensical that includes numbers and symbols.

There are programs out there for hacking accounts, or the person could have watched you sign on and remembered the password.
"Fix Your Terrible, Insecure Passwords in Five Minutes" ....easy to remember too.
http://www.slate.com/articles/techno...minutes.2.html
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Old 11-15-13, 12:19 PM   #18
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I have had this happen several times - frustrating... my password is now about 30 letters and numbers/symbols long... if its someone you live with, figuring out your password would not be hard. Again make it ridculously long and difficult with cap and small letters numbers and symbols.

Also - always sign out; always log off; never save passwords; never leave your computer running; all the common sense stuff...also I routinely dump all the email addresses that get saved... this prevents someone using my computer to spam out emails...
I have one question for your long password , how do you remember it . The expert always say do not write down the password but remember it . 30 characters in a password to remember ? this will kill all my brain cells for sure .
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I have one question for your long password , how do you remember it . The expert always say do not write down the password but remember it . 30 characters in a password to remember ? this will kill all my brain cells for sure .
The nuts and bolts of my [above] link would use your phrase "this will kill all my brain cells for sure" and yield a password of twkambcfs. Easy for you to remember because its your phrase, but bears no resemblance to any name, date, etc.
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The nuts and bolts of my [above] link would use your phrase "this will kill all my brain cells for sure" and yield a password of twkambcfs. Easy for you to remember because its your phrase, but bears no resemblance to any name, date, etc.
siafgaiwtmh skijor is a freaking genius and I want to marry him.
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Old 11-15-13, 12:53 PM   #21
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Old 11-15-13, 01:00 PM   #22
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I know what that means. You take that back.
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Old 11-15-13, 01:00 PM   #23
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I've had my Yahoo mail hacked. I now use Gmail. A good way to generate PW's that I use is to pick a couple of licence plates at random while driving around, like 508 ERB and 678 SGE, then make up a nonsense word, that is easy to remember based on them. GeeselBurb<- Throw in a random Cap in a spot easy to remember, then add a number that is meaningful, but not relevant to you personally, like 72069 (College friend on mine was born on 7/20/69, and now works for NASA-An example, I don't use it myself)
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I don't gorge [on] apple fritters?
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