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 Good NYTimes article on email scams

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:11 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

A very interesting article about new scam techniques! Any friends travelling to Nigeria any time soon?
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/09/e-mail-scammers-ask-your-friends-for-money/index.html

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 1:28 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Yahoo in my opinion i dont wish to be sued by them, dont care.

For over 5 years there chat rooms were full of undesirable people from around the globe, so many that only when they ended up with a $10m lawsuit did they begin to change things.

Yahoo like any big company, and yahoo certainly has become a major internet presence has a vast divide, email abuse is generally met with "oh well ignore them"

How you really can protect yourself:

Yahoo itself relies on some basic information
Username - well thats easy choose any
Password - I would advise at least 12 characters minimal, using <>"$%^&*&(*( and alphanumeric as well.

Security questions and answers, if you put "my first car or bike" and write "ford mondeo" then someone is going to guess that at some stage no major hacking just a plain trial and error guess till one works, however if you replied to that one "An X15 at 20% in dekota winter" thats not going to be guessed.

Next online, personal information - Even if she is blonde and 40DD she does not need to know your family history NOR your halflife password so she can login and regain credits.

Social Engineering - The method of obtaining seemingly innocent information to make an attack based on that information.
Before volunteering information THINK! BE Vigilent! and above all wonder why the hell there asking what your first car was - if its in the security questions - remember them, and if asked by strangers - feed them crap.

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