I just had someone try and compromise my Yahoo email account (that is linked to a spare Paypal account) - they tried to reset my password. After yesterday's hack attack just wanted to ensure that no one else was being 'hacked'.
I changed my Yahoo password and close the Paypal account
Wow this is really scary.
I can't remember if paypal has a secret question, do they?
I have different e.mail accounts. The one I "throw around" is a Yahoo account. The one linked to PayPal is different and under a different name. I don't know if chopping everything up that way helps, but it's my aim (and I'd think it might at least reduce some risk).
Maybe I should change my Yahoo password again. The email I use for HP is different from the one I use for Paypal. Maybe that helps too. I think I'll change both the paypal and email accounts.
I had to re-set my ebay information yesterday. Someone tried to take over my account. e-bay contacted me and suggested that I change all my e-mail passwords and I also re-set my PayPal and eBay security questions too.
In the last 12 months I have had three email accounts compromised, one of which was I think 14 years old - all had good passwords - random letters, numbers including capitals but the bastards still get in.. but never before this last year...
what do they do - they send links to everyone that I know.. so why don't google and yahoo, and bing just bury those sites??
You should change your password on any important accounts, like PayPal or your main email account, once a year or more often. Add numbers with the letters and try to use a word you make up yourself (something not in the dictionary).
I have one password I use for general stuff and sites I'm just looking around at. Then another password for anything important or involving money. I just changed my important password at the end of the year. It takes a few days for me to get used to using it. I have had an account hacked into only once in all the time I have been online (since 1996).
My yahoo account got hacked last year. Emails were sent to all my contacts. I knew at once, because I had the account auto-forwarded to my Gmail account, and I got some failed delivery messages (from emails sent to outdated contacts).
I was reluctant to delete the yahoo account because I'd had it so long and so many people have it, so I just deleted all the contacts out of it and tried to change the password. However I had problems trying to change the password and long story short, I now have no idea what the password is!
I tried contacting Yahoo about it but got a stupid email saying they couldn't help me, unless I email them from my Yahoo account...
The paypal account is gonna be hard to hack because they would need to answer two security questions to get in. The only way that they can get through is if they know you or have your personal info.
Yahoo needs to be more secure.
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