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Hacked through Yahoo Messenger??

I've heard that people can hack into both your Yahoo account AND computer through just chatting on Yahoo Messenger; is this true? What can I do to protect myself? Would using a proxy server help?

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It's possible

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It's possible, though the latter is extremely unlikely if you're only sending text messages, no links, images or anything else. And there's little you can do to protect yourself beyond not use high risk programs. A proxy server will not help and anyone who claims that will somehow increase your security is someone who has proven they know basically nothing about computer security.

Honestly, a far more credible threat is the amount of personal and potentially sensitive information Yahoo can collect on you through using their official client. That then gets sold off to third parties who will do who knows what with it. Facebook, Twitter, and all the rest are the same way. Someone with sufficient desire to do so, could learn a great deal about you and use that to make your life rather miserable.

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Thank You.

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You said it is extremely unlikely, but it is still possible? I've read stories online about how scammers can get you IP address and that is all they need to hack into your computer and download keyboard tracking programs and other things. How about my phone? Would I be vulnerable with Yahoo messenger on my phone?

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No, if you're running Yahoo messenger on your phone, all any potential attacker would be able to do is attack your phone, not your computer.

But let's just make it rather clear: The idea of the "hacker" is a myth. These days it's all about the money. People don't give a gerbil's rear about planting a virus or whatever else on your computer, unless it's to make it part of a botnet they can use to extort money out of website owners or to mine bitcoins or something like that. Otherwise, they're after personal information they can make money off of. Email address, phone numbers, passwords, bank account numbers, credit card numbers... Anything that can be used for some kind of identity theft or as part of a phishing campaign. Given the wealth of such information on the average person's phone, that is what you should be concerned about. Same as when you give it out because a site like Facebook or Twitter asked for it. You should be asking yourself who else will have access to this information and what they could possibly do with it.

Of course this isn't to say there aren't still some real "hackers" out there, but unless you go running your mouth off in places you shouldn't, you are of no significance to them and they will focus their attentions on much higher profile targets. For those of not in charge of computer security for a fortune 500 company or government agency, all we tend to need to worry about are automated tools that probe for known vulnerabilities and controlling our instant gratification impulses by not giving out personal information in exchange for some trinket.

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Yes, that was what I was asking, whether an attacker can attack my phone.

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Let's be honest. The app lies.

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Hacked through Yahoo Messenger

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That is true i have once been a victim of that so when you are using it be careful with the kind of the details or files you let out okay.

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