Security Key preventing hacking?
My yahoo account has been accessed/hacked twice in the last 10 days and this time I had to send actual picture identification to yahoo to get it back. I do not have a security key but am looking for any help in protecting the account which I have had for 10 years. I change my PW frequently; would a security key help and if so how do I create one? I only use Mail and no other features.......
FYI I have LiveCare on this system (not my choice); would it help if I also added lavasoft or another spyware tool to the kit to be sure no one is hacking in to me. The Yahoo account is the only one I have had problems with. Thank you for your help.
All 3 of you have given great info; Q&A Man thanks for all the detail and the links. I got stuck with a new laptop with Vista; I thought OneCare was all inclusive but you lead me to believe that the Spyware piece isn't effective. I am savvy enough not to be phished (I think) and this computer is not shared. I have only had the problem on my Yahoo account and then it was twice in 9 days. First time my personal name was changed to "Hacked by robie K" and the second was "Mr Buster Cherry". With the info provided by Sniff I am led to believe that I just need to change my PW more frequently then every 6 months the way I was; how often would be better? Once a month?
Every 2 weeks? FYI first time for answers site; you guys rock :)
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
NEW DETAILS SINCE YOU ADDED NEW DETAILS
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i gave you a star for a good question
i dont trust third party software
i suggest you keep your password hidden from everyone
i will be watching the answers to this question
you may have got a key logger downloaded some how
this is some thing used to record every thing you type in like passwords
add details if you need to
ADD DETAILS TO YOUR QUESTION
IF YOUR QUESTION IS NOT IN THE VOTING STAGE
GO TO YOUR QUESTION
THEN BELOW YOUR QUESTION YOU WILL SEE A + SIGN AND A PENCIL
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- Chillin-itLv 71 decade ago
The Security Key will help you with your account areas that are padlocked.
The Yahoo! Security Key is an additional optional layer of security to control access to sensitive information or services on Yahoo!. Users of financial services such as Yahoo! Wallet, PayDirect, Yahoo! Bill Pay, and Money Manager are asked to create a security key during the sign-up process or when you purchase certain services that require a Yahoo! Wallet. Please note that the Security Key automatically "times out" after an hour and requires the user to sign in again to access Security Key protected areas.
If you have not yet changed your security question I would do that. I would also make sure to sign out of the account every time I leave it. To change your security question here is a link.
Personally I see nothing wrong with having more than 1 program on for security. I use both Nortons and the Spyware Doctor.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Below is how your account can be cracked or hacked, read it, educate yourself on what NOT to do, most hacks happen because of ignorance.. Most cracks happen because accounts are not secure. Keep inmind it is NOT your computer that is hacked or cracked, it is a webpage (yahoo account) , so security programmes / numbers / security keys / are useless as a form of defence.
YES SOMEBODY CAN STEAL YOUR PASSWORD, AND IT IS VERY EASY TO DO IF YOU HAVE NOT SECURED YOUR ACCOUNT. IF YOU ARE NET SAVY, AND SECURE YOUR ACCOUNT NO ONE CAN STEAL YOUR PASSWORD, IT IS ALL UP TO YOU.
there are ONLY 4 ways to hack / crack a password
1 Phishing - Make a false sign in page and send it to people through messenger. With a little message as if you know the person, then prompting them to SIGN IN and view some pics to remind them. So many people do not realise you do not need to sign into geocities and other sites to view pics..DO NOT SIGN INTO ANY LINK THAT IS SENT TO YOU ON MESSENGER, EVEN IF IT IS A YAHOO SIGN IN PAGE, ALWAYS ENTER YAHOO THROUGH THE YAHOO HOME PAGE. read> http://security.yahoo.com/article.html?aid=2006111...
2. Plant a key logger in a file and send through email or messenger, The person downloads the key logger which copies all script typed and sends it to and email address, or through messenger to the thief. DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANYFILES FROM ANYONE YOU DO NOT KNOW.
3. Cracking . Programmes made to load hundreds of thousands of Yahoo IDS, and a list of passwords are run through that list at a very fast speed. Amazing the amount of IDs that have easy passwords and easily cracked. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD PASSWORD SOMETHING WITH LETTERS AND NUMBERS IN IT. THE YAHOO GENERATED PASSWORDS ARE THE HARDEST TO CRACK.
4. Social Engineering The thief gets to know the person and encourages them to give their password and all their personal info, the thief uses this info to recover the account. If you have given your info to someone, go to you account and change the ZIP, changing the zip, secures your account like changing you secret ... IMPORTANT> it is this new ZIP yahoo will recognise in recovery not the old one
SECURE YOUR ACCOUNT, BE NET SAVY CLICK THE LINKS BELOW AND READ ON ..Source(s): http://www.freecreed.com/