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How do you protect your Skype account thoroughly?

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posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 07:45 PM
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After seeing a lot of people complaining about how their Skype got hacked, I'm wondering how do I protect my Skype account. I used the latest antivirus software (Norton 2011) , used strong pass phrases, and change like once a month. I'm wondering if anything is missing because a friend did what I did and despite that got his hacked.




posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 07:48 PM
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What I would like to know is HOW to DELETE the Account....I tried but still google it and it shows up



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 07:53 PM
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can anyone explain to me the purpose of hacking a free service?

what exactly did they do to your account? what kind of information do you keep on skype that they'd want to hack you?

just curious....

personally I have near zero security, they're all free to hack me - I have nothing to hide, and they have nothing to gain by doing so



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 07:56 PM
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well it's my friend actually that got hacked. Apparently he was using the paying service. I use the free service. However I'm worried it might happen since I'm planning on putting credits there.
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posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 08:16 PM
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Don't have one!



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 08:25 PM
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Originally posted by starwarsisreal
reply to post by Forevever
 


well it's my friend actually that got hacked. Apparently he was using the paying service. I use the free service. However I'm worried it might happen since I'm planning on putting credits there.
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Well, if you must get skype to make real phone calls, I can only suggest a really strong password - something with at least 10 characters and a mix of alpha and numerics (don't use your initials and your birthday) - 9 times out of 10 the people I meet who claim to have been hacked have not really been hacked, but cracked (means someone guessed their password)

If a hacker really wants to hack skype, they're probably going to go through skype's system, they shouldn't target you specifically IMHO unless you link your skype with paypal or other accounts involving money. If they do hack skype directly, I guess at that point you could be screwed, depending on how good skype encryption is.

Why not just get a cheap throw away cell phone to make calls? Would surely be safer... and for video calls (if you can't afford the phone with that feature), make the other party sign up for the free version
(thats what I did)

OH ETA - a friend of mine does have MagicJack - he likes it - maybe thats a route to consider
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posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 08:33 PM
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but I also have another friend who got hacked and he uses free user. Is there a hole on his?



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 08:39 PM
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Like I said, odds are he got cracked, not hacked - it was probably someone he knew trying to see what he was up to - if they have nothing to gain from that account, I'm sure they wouldn't bother full on hacking it

what did the "hacker" do to the account?



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 08:43 PM
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well he actually send offensive messages to his contacts. And my friend told me he that he made sure his account was safed. I suspect that it might have something to do with tracking cookies.
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posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 08:48 PM
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then his computer got hacked, not skype
cookies are stored locally on your system

they're basically text files that a website can read from

in which case, he should be careful what websites he visits

the 10th time in the previously mentioned 9 out of 10 - is usually because someone went somewhere they shouldn't have, or downloaded and executed something they shouldnt have (often referred to as a trojan, because they think its a good thing, and it really isn't)
edit on 28-6-2011 by Forevever because: trojan addition



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 08:50 PM
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well any other advise on what should I do to protect myself?



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 08:55 PM
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strong password - 10 or more characters like I said, that include both numbers and letters

avoid shady websites (if you see a naked female, its probably a shady website, if you download from p2p servers, you're at risk, anything you download onto your system that needs to be "run", you're at risk, I never download anything that I can't get from download.com)

my strongest recommendation is don't stress about it

at the end of the day, if they want to hack you specifically - they're going to find a way - if not through skype, through some other service you use

ETA - Everytime you do anything, ask yourself "is this worth losing my computer over?" if the answer is "no" - don't do it
edit on 28-6-2011 by Forevever because: eta paranoia level advice



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 08:56 PM
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oh what about keyloggers? Is there anyway I can avoid that



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 08:57 PM
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same thing, has to be downloaded and run for it to work on your system



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 08:58 PM
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Anyway thanks for the tips I'll give stars for this



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