Attention: The forums will be placed on read only mode this Saturday (Oct. 20, 2018)

During this outage (6:30 AM to 8 PM PDT) the forums will be placed on read only mode. We apologize for this inconvenience. Click here to read details

Spyware, Viruses, & Security forum

General discussion

Instant messenger hacking

by ang2006 / July 1, 2009 5:01 AM PDT

I am seeking someone who might tell me the following. Is it likely that anyone contacting me on an instant messenger like myspace or msn to obtain my login password without me clicking on a link they send? The reason I ask is I have an old g/f who seems to always wish to know about personal info. What seems strange to me though is since she has learned that I do not talk about such as I see it as none of her business, yet she keeps me online for periods of time without actually saying anything. I refuse to click links or accept any transfer as I am suspicious of past behavior. So without doing this, could she obtain my password say to myspace? I do have zonealarm and it is set to the highest level both for the internet and trusted areas.

Thank you for your time as I know it is valuable.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Instant messenger hacking
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Instant messenger hacking
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Do not...
by Donna Buenaventura / July 1, 2009 7:36 PM PDT

enter or type your login credentials in "links" that you clicked from anyone. If you've receive any links for myspace or any sites and prompted you to enter your credentials, do not login. What you should do is type the URL in the address bar of the site and login to your account then view the page/link only after you've login using your URL instead of their link/URL.

It is very likely to submit your credentials... if the link to view anyone's profile in any social networking site/service is fake/fraud/phished.

To avoid hacking of your accounts, again... do not login using their links if you are prompted to do so.

Collapse -
by Phil Crase / July 1, 2009 11:33 PM PDT

Yes it is possible if she is savvy enough, be cautious with personal data, look into some decent security software that includes anti phishing or you could find yourself all over the web.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!