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Old 04-29-2007, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Wayne County, PA
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Sometimes I think they should require a license to use the internet....


What happens 99% of the time is someone clicks on a link and gets sent to a look-alike MySpace page. That page capitalizes on the fact that a 5 year old could design a better webpage so people are used to being randomly logged off of MySpace.

That person then inputs their username and password, and voila! The scammers have your info. They haven't been "hacked", they've simply given their password away.

Ocassionally, very occassionally, they will insert some malicious code into your profile, but that is so rare to barely merit mentioning.

What happens the majority of the time is the person who has been tricked doesn't notice. Once they do notice, a few days later they make the same mistake.

One more point: If you have to change your MySpace password, be sure to change your email password too if you use the same password.
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Old 04-29-2007, 09:59 AM
 
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Yeah, I left $20 on a park bench, and someone took it. Don't put information that you mean to keep private or restricted on a web server. Don't put it on your local C: drive either. Store and back up such information on protected removable media (such as a thumb drive), and then remove it when you aren't working with it. Better yet, get a second PC that isn't connected to the internet (or any other network) at all.
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Old 04-29-2007, 10:12 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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I'm so glad that I read this thread this morning. Just checked my e-mail and there was one that said "new message on myspace". It had a link and rather than click it (which I would have, had I not read these posts), I logged in as usual and no message...

Want to share a good thing with gmail (google e-mail). I never got spam there and all of a sudden got dozens of chinese spam a day- literally dozens. Finally, I forwarded them via the "report spam" function and now I get none.

Thanks for all the good advice, all!
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Old 04-29-2007, 01:13 PM
 
Location: The Denver, CO area
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I'm so glad that I read this thread this morning. Just checked my e-mail and there was one that said "new message on myspace". It had a link and rather than click it (which I would have, had I not read these posts), I logged in as usual and no message...

Want to share a good thing with gmail (google e-mail). I never got spam there and all of a sudden got dozens of chinese spam a day- literally dozens. Finally, I forwarded them via the "report spam" function and now I get none.

Thanks for all the good advice, all!

Yeah I've been getting a ton of spam on my gmail account....thankfully its filtered, but its really annoying
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Old 05-07-2007, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Texas!
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What most people usually do to prevent their account from being hacked is setting their account to private because that makes it harder for someone to hack into your account.
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