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Date: 1 Dec 2017 03:50:30 -0000
From: <se-odonata...>
Subject: [se-odonata] File - Mail help and suggestions.


In the last few years Yahoo has become a playground for hackers, crackers, and account thieves. They love to get into accounts of people who belong to large groups (like this one) and have weak account protection, then use that account to spew out SPAM messages that look like they came from a trusted member (a common one is "I am stuck in - a foreign land - and someone stole my wallet, etc. etc.", hoping someone will wire some money without talking to the real person.), often with a "phishing" scheme, or a link that is usually a link to a website that will hijack your computer and turn it into a "zombie". Really. These zombie computers are a scourge of the Internet, spewing out millions of SPAM messages per hour, and making life miserable for many people.

Also, when they hack your account, they get your address book and any personal information you have on Yahoo.In many cases, your account is gone forever, and you cannot get it back. Yahoo, being free, is not too terribly helpful, as they really cannot provide strong customer service. Bad juju all around.

To stop this foolishness, the best thing is to have a strong password for your account. A really bad password is your birthday, a pet's name, a loved one's name, any of which can be guessed by looking you up on a social site like Facebook, and guessing. A strong password is one that is both letters and numbers, with one or more letter capitalized, at least 8 characters, and preferably 12. The use of a good password manager (I use Lastpass, http://www.lastpass.com) and strong passwords will stop this from happening, or at least make it more difficult. I doubt anything is completely hacker proof if they really want something, but if it is too much trouble, they hopefully will go somewhere else.

Have fun, and practice safe Internet!

The group owner, Alex Netherton.


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