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    Yahoo's Security (or rather lack of)

    This is a discussion on Yahoo's Security (or rather lack of) within the Sky Email and Portal Log-in forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; probably faked tool but really anything hackable except pc not connected to internet in locked room with just you using ...

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      Re: Yahoo's Security (or rather lack of)

      probably faked tool but really anything hackable except pc not connected to internet in locked room with just you using it , most is done scams and spear phishing attacks all some gullible enough to click email or link even in big organisations


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      Re: Yahoo's Security (or rather lack of)

      If someone really wants to hack you and they're good enough and persistent enough they will find a way in.

      Security is a balancing act, on one hand you need to design the system in such a way the rewards of successfully hacking it are not worth the effort required to pull off a successful attack without getting caught.

      But the Security also needs to be designed in such a way that it doesn't prevent authorised users from doing what they're supposed to be doing with the system.

      For instance, 2 factor authentication via the means of a one time password is great on somethings like your bank or logging into the gmail web interface, but imagine you had to do that every-time your smart phone polled for email it would drive you nuts in mere minutes. (In that case you could do some kind of key/certificate based auth of the device as well as the standard password which annoyingly hardly anyone actually seems to support it.)

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      Re: Yahoo's Security (or rather lack of)

      Last edited by Scubbie; Yesterday at 10:20 PM. Reason: Removed mis-quote

      it was a delib mis-quote as i didnt want to link to the video providing the trojan link
      you should really remove your link

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      Re: Yahoo's Security (or rather lack of)

      Quote Originally Posted by Shonk View Post
      Last edited by Scubbie; Yesterday at 10:20 PM. Reason: Removed mis-quote

      it was a delib mis-quote as i didnt want to link to the video providing the trojan link
      you should really remove your link
      Surely you could have just removed the youtube part of the quote :-/

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      Re: Yahoo's Security (or rather lack of)

      I wonder how strong their passwords were?

      I have so called rare yahoo accounts that are over 15 years old and never been hacked, but I do have passwords that are 19 - 21 chars long and not in any dictonary.

      I also have (last count was a few years ago) 600 other yahoo accounts, don't ask!

      I had better add, I cant even remember/type them and I know what they are so I use macros. so even keylogers will not work.
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      Re: Yahoo's Security (or rather lack of)

      Ok, I have removed the original video link.

      Please do remember that there are people out there who have nothing better to do than to try a mess with the Internet and destroy any potential integrity it may have. Passwords need to be secure and the databases which they are kept in are major targets for the hackers.

      Any potential lack of security should be seen as potentially criminal negligence on behalf of the owners of the email sites. It is potentially more worrying when you consider that Hotmail (now with Skype) and Gmail (Google apps) are both directly linked to the bank accounts of many people.

      Of course all email accounts can be linked to sites such as PayPal, Amazon and personal bank accounts. A breech of anything linked in such a way could be financially devastating for a person.

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      Re: Yahoo's Security (or rather lack of)

      Might be worth looking at lastpass, of course there is a risk of storing all your passwords online, but they appear to be taking security very seriously with strong encryption and multiple rounds of PKDF to slow down any bruteforce attacks.

      With a strong password and a multifactor authentication it should be pretty secure, might not want to use it for storing bank passwords but it makes it easier to keep separate passwords for every site.

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      Re: Yahoo's Security (or rather lack of)

      I try to keep all my passwords stored in the old fashioned way, as some might say.


      ...in my head.

      I have a group of several passwords and periodically change them all.

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      Re: Yahoo's Security (or rather lack of)

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      I try to keep all my passwords stored in the old fashioned way, as some might say.


      ...in my head.

      I have a group of several passwords and periodically change them all.
      I used to take that approach but since I now have hundreds of logins to track it got to a point where I don't have a hope in hell of remembering most of them.

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      Re: Yahoo's Security (or rather lack of)

      I sometimes wonder if a strong password offers a false sense of security. A firm I used to work for used a security system called ????net. To check how secure it was the IT manager ran a brute force attack which was terminated after it produced an A4 printout of words all starting with the letter "A". Any of there words would be accepted as a valid system password. I was assured that the real password did not start with an "A". Needless to say a different security system is now in use.
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