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Got hacked...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What a bummer. Someone hacked into my Yahoo e-mail acct. MANY people received an e-mail from me that wasn't from me & then I was not able to send or reply. I could only read the inbox stuff...made me crazy...lost a lot of valuable time today & kept finding myself IN the kitchen, looking to munch on something. Called a friend in Cal. & told her about my Mom's death...that was tough...later I got an e-mail from a friend asking about my Mom. She didn't know either...I guess that there will be days like this. Am going to try to go to bed early tonight...I think that that will help. Take care...

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    I received hacked email yesterday from a yahoo address ..... we discontinued our yahoo mail because it happened to us also ..... Roc

    1402 days ago
    That is inconvenient....

    KASEYCOFF has good advice!!

    Another fairly simple thing to do is just to change your password from time to time. It's always good to put some sort of special character $ * ( @ etc etc, as well as to use a combination of UPPER and lower case leTteRs and numb3rs - even more perplexing is a numb3r used where 1t lo*ks like a lett3r . Does this make sense?? Many hackers use a program to guess at passwords... so if it is changed from time to time, and if it uses a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and/or punctuation and special characters, it's that much harder for the hackers to guess at your password.
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    Sorry about it all. It does seem like bad things happen at once. Sending hugs and prayers for your loss. No words ever make that easier. Try to take care of you. Sleep, eat well, exercise. I bet your Mom would want you to be the best YOU that you can be.
    Try not to stress over the hack. People understand.
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    1402 days ago
    Sorry that happened to you. I'm going to take the advice from Kaseycoff about the first address. I hope you got to bed early. I'm back up at 3:00 a.m. Ugh!
    1402 days ago
    thanks was hacked also got a mail from a friend & as I replied the hackers are giving me a tough time
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    Sounds as tho you got onto the hack fairly quickly, but it's obviously still a nuisance. On the plus side - usually these kind of hacks are relatively primitive and basic, and only grab the address book. In other words, usually any sensitive information is safe. Three things I found out from the Yahoo people:

    1) make the very first address in your address book a "fake" entry, such as "Alice Anyhacker," with a phony email (aliceanyhacker at; the programming codes often test with the first address to see if it's real, and when it isn't found, the programming automatically skips to another account, rather than to the next address in your list;

    2) it's a good idea to set up a new account, even if you only intend to use it briefly, with the highest privacy / security settings - once your original account shows no activity for awhile, the hacking programs spin away from it; whether you go back to it or not is down to you;

    3) if you haven't already, report it to The Powers That Be on the website, in this case, the Yahoo management. They can use the info to trace the hacker and (sometimes, lol) shut them down, or at least block them from further access into other accounts.

    I'll send you the address in a PM, Janey. Meanwhile, it all goes to show Gilda Radner was right - It's always something!
    1402 days ago
    I use gmail. It seems to have better security.
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    So sorry to hear about you being hacked. I know it had to be very rough telling your friends about your mom. I hope you went to bed early like you planned on doing. Good Luck, Hon. (hugs)
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  • JEANNE229
    Too bad those hackers don't spend their intelligence doing something worthwhile!
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    emoticon I am sure that Everyone has had some experience with Hackers, if they own a Computer!!
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    I have yahoo mail too and feel like it's only a matter of time 'til it gets hacked. I'm more motivated now to use a different email account. Hope tomorrow is a much better day for you.
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  • KAREN608
    I've had my email address book hacked off yahoo. I print a copy of my addresses off, then empty my yahoo address book online to stop hacking. Then redo password. I always send a bulk email first to all on my address list saying to disregard odd emails from my address also. I think this happens to so many of us. I use avast and malwarebytes for scanning my computer. One program doesn't seem to be enough even with lots of updating all the time (every day). I use the free versions and it seems to work for me for the most part.
    1402 days ago
    I've had it happen before. A simple password change tends to help.
    1402 days ago
    Someone at work was just saying that happened to her too. She said someone sent emails to all her friends pushing raspberry ketones!
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    Hang in there... I got Yahoo hacked a couple months back... someone in Poland managed to compromise my account and send out e-mail in my name with a phishing thing in it! Hassle when that happens... glad you got it taken care of.

    And condolences on the revisiting your mom's passing as each new person finds out. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon
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