Two questions, from different people:
1. plz send me my friends yahoo messenger password?
2. Hi Dave, i really hope u can help me here.. i had an account in Hotmail and some one hacked my email ID.It was really bad cause the bloody hacker had apparently forwarded all my private emails to my other contacts… its been so shattering and beyond explanations..to add to the misery my secret question has also been changes.. ive lost contact with so many of my friends as i have lost their ID’s :(.. Plzzzzzz can you help me and tell me if anything can be done at all in this case ?? I would be looking forward to your email desperately.
It never fails to surprise me how often I receive questions about hacking passwords, sneaking into other people’s accounts (someone recently asked if I could help him hack into his brother-in-law’s account to see if the guy was cheating on his sister, then was quite abusive when I said I couldn’t assist!) and the flip side of that coin, people saying their accounts were hacked and their passwords changed.
In all cases, no-one can help. At least, no-one outside of the hosting companies, but even then, neither Hotmail nor Yahoo can really assist because they just don’t have any way to confirm that the person on the phone or in email is the owner of the account.
Generally, though, it is fascinating to see how many people want to spy on others, sneak onto their accounts or cause malicious damage. If you don’t already have a solid, strong password on your web-based email accounts, you really need to change them immediately. (remember, letters + digits + punctuation are good passwords. So “herefido” isn’t a good password at all, but “4myDOGGY:)” is a great password).
I would also encourage anyone using a free web-based email account to ensure that the signin screen on which you enter your account and password pair are secure with SSL (that is, they’re “https” not “http” addresses). If your web-based email service doesn’t support secure access or login, then do not access it on any public terminal, because you just have no idea what’s happening behind the scenes on the computer.
If you want lots more tips about web-based mail security, you might be very interested in the Connect Safely Wireless Security and Privacy Guide that my friend Chris Buechler and I wrote. It’s also full of really useful information about wifi security and keeping those identity thieves at bay too, as you would expect. It’s also really easy to follow so you won’t get lost in technical jargon and baffling tips and techniques.
If you’re wedded to something like Hotmail and are willing to live with the limitations and security risks, then at least create a great password, and don’t share it with anyone. Even a cute hearthrob. Sharing your email password isn’t “romantic”, it’s dumb.
Finally, you might well consider sporadically exporting your address book and saving all of your email archives onto your local PC so that if something terrible does happen you’re not completely hosed. Google’s Gmail system, for example, offers an “Export Contacts” feature that makes it easy to squirrel away a copy of your address book.
And yes, it is a drag to hear of people with Yahoo, Hotmail, AIM, and similar programs have their accounts apparently hijacked. It happens. Protect yourself!
These are reasons that I am a promoter of Google’s Gmail program too: the fact that every page served is through a secure SSL connection is a big winner in my book!
Would you like an invitation to receive a Gmail account? Then please read this article: Get a free Gmail account
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