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How Yahoo Messenger Invisible Hacks Work

A Yahoo Messenger Invisible Hack is a method that hackers use to gain access to your current connection status and break into your computer by using software that scans the Yahoo Instant Messenger Network. The hacks are invisible to the Yahoo Messenger user and are used to send unsolicited messages and launch attempts to breach the security of your PC.

How Yahoo Messenger Invisible Hacks Work

When you use Yahoo Instant Messenger, you are provided with the option of showing or hiding the status of your online connection. If you choose to hide your connection status, it will appear to other users as if you are offline when in reality you are still connected to the Internet.

With Yahoo Messenger Invisible Hacks, the hacker is able to override the offline connection status option through the use of spyware software that scans the network to view the person who is actually still connected to the system. The software can be used to discover the identity of the person and take over the accounts for the purpose of sending spam.

When the user starts receiving unsolicited messages they will be more unlikely to respond due to the fact they still believe their online status is invisible. Since the User's account has been breached to send out spam, it is also unlikely that the spammer will get into legal trouble because the identity of the spammer is difficult to track down.

Yahoo Messenger Invisible Hacks are also capable of monitoring everyone in the contact list of the user account for the purpose of sending spam messages or breaching the security of the PCs of the members in the contact list.

How to Protect Yourself and Your PC

To help protect yourself and your PC against this type of Instant Messenger intrusion, make sure the IM client you are using is upgraded with the latest version. Yahoo has started to offer upgrades in the newer version of Yahoo Instant Messenger that provide protection against Yahoo Messenger Invisible Hacks and other similar spyware software. For this reason, it is a good idea to upgrade your client to the latest version.

In addition to keeping up with the latest upgrades, you can perform other security measures by enabling your Windows firewall, tightening up the security settings on your PC and your browser security settings. Also, deploy a reputable antivirus, anti-spyware, and anti-adware program that scans for the latest updates.

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Spyware has many ways of getting onto your computer, such as:

When you download programs - particularly freeware, or peer-to-peer sharing programs.

More covertly, spyware can install itself just by you visiting certain sites, by prompting you to download an application to see the site properly.

ActiveX controls. These pesky spyware makers will prompt you to install themselves while using your Internet browser