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« on: October 27, 2011, 10:32 »
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Hi MS Folks,

A few weeks ago my email address was hacked into- they got all my email addresses plus my paypal account- Not sure where they got my email address from thus I closed done my facebook account and few other sites. Now all my friends recieve junk email via that hacking. I had to close down my paypal and bank account as well since paypal went into my main debt-checking accounts. Unreal...


T


« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2011, 10:56 »
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Did you use the same password for your PayPal account that you use for email?  That's the only way that I can see a hacker getting into your PayPal after hacking your email account.  It's wise to have a unique password for every site that requires login.  And even better, it's good to regularly change them all.

« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2011, 11:08 »
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Did you use the same password for your PayPal account that you use for email?  That's the only way that I can see a hacker getting into your PayPal after hacking your email account.

Not true  - since they can get into other accounts via forgot/lost password - which will invariably be verified via email. If your email is compromised then other accounts are also compromised. And your old email will often reveal where you have accounts.

« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2011, 11:13 »
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Scary, scary stuff.

So two rules we should all be following for our email accounts if nothing else:  make your email password a long string of letters and characters -- not a word -- and not something you use anywhere else, and change it regularly. 

« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2011, 11:25 »
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I use a paypal security key that is used to generate a number that I enter whenever I log in to paypal.  Hopefully that would at least delay a hacker long enough for me to realise something was wrong.

The sites should have an extra level of security.  A pin number that can only be sent through the post would work.  I wouldn't mind paying a small admin fee for the peace of mind.
« Last Edit: October 27, 2011, 11:27 by sharpshot »

tab62

« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2011, 11:33 »
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Yes, I used the same password on all my email accounts and Paypal- the hacker must have laughed at this being so easy!

« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2011, 11:59 »
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So two rules we should all be following for our email accounts if nothing else:  make your email password a long string of letters and characters -- not a word -- and not something you use anywhere else, and change it regularly. 

plus do not log in from public computers (hotels, cafes etc) and do not use public or unsecured open wifi.

tab62

« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2011, 13:09 »
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I was hacked shortly afterward my vacation in Florida where I did use an iPAD via the hotel's and airlines WiFi.

« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2011, 14:15 »
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Is it safe to keep passwords saved in Firefox?

RacePhoto

« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2011, 14:48 »
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Is it safe to keep passwords saved in Firefox?

If you are the only one who uses your computer and no one can copy your password files. I suppose someone on a public network without a firewall, a hacker could get your password file. You can block outside access even in public places, but that can be cracked over time.

Second level, Firefox use a master password:

Firefox comes with built-in password manager tool which remembers username and passwords for all the websites you visit. This sign-on information is stored in the encrypted form in Firefox database files residing in user's profile directory. However any body can just launch the password manager from the Firefox browser and view the credentials. Also one can just copy these database files to different machine and view it offline using the tools such as FirePassword.
 
Hence to protect from such threats, Firefox uses master password to provide enhanced security. By default Firefox does not set the master password. However once you have set the master password, you need to provide it every time to view sign-on credentials. So if you have lost the master password, then you have lost all the stored credentials as well.


Most of the time when people I know have been "hacked" it's because they used the same password everywhere, including email and some site with lax security lost the user records. Hey, Bob's BBS has the same password as PayPal for some people. Come on, it doesn't take a big hacker at the airport to get into that and it also gives, email addresses and passwords, the door is open by the person who can't figure out, they need different passwords for their own security, or a password means nothing.

Easiest way is even if you have the same passwords for Microstock sites, then a different one for email, and something else for PayPal and another one for banking, and maybe another for forums... but never the same password for banking or income as on a forum or email. Lose one, you lost them all. And what someone wrote, many of the password recovery tools are simple enogh to fool. The newer ones ask a question, that you set, but then, who needs that when the passwords are the same on 1001 sites?  ::)

I have a notebook. You know, old fashion steno notebook and a pen. I keep my passwords recorded there. If it's that important to have a secure password for On The Road for PayPal, maybe a note card would do it, and that way it's never entered in the computer. Now that's security.

But using a master password on FF should be secure for travel if that's the concern.

Nothing is perfect and 100% safe. NOTHING!

« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2011, 15:01 »
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Thanks Race, good idea with the master password, I just set it.

« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2011, 16:40 »
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I use LastPass.  It generates strong passwords and you only have to keep a record of one master password.  They were hacked a while ago but everything is encrypted, so I think its quite safe.
https://lastpass.com/

« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2011, 16:57 »
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I am using KeePass, it's very good and also free.

http://keepass.info/

Of course, you'd better choose your passwords for something else than "john1970", which can get you hacked by your teen neighbour. Also, have different passwords for different sites. Protect your wireless with passkey and so on.

« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2011, 17:51 »
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Wouldn't your email site and Paypal a IP log? Or would a hacker find a way to hide or distort this information?


 

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