Thread: AIM Passwords and such...
05-04-2010, 06:06 PM #1AIM Passwords and such...
A while ago, I let my friend log on to his AIM account as a guest on Adium. He informed me a few days later that he had somehow gotten my passwords because of some ill-explained thing attached to his account. He's pretty tech-savvy (on the Windows side), so it's somewhat believeable, but I'm still not 100% sure he wasn't shooting the bull entirely.
A few questions:
1. Is there actually a thing that will do this? If so, what and how?
2. Is there any way (other than not letting anyone on or near my computer) to prevent this from happening. I use Little Snitch, but I leave it on for Adium since it needs to connect, and I'm not network-smart enough to sniff out what might be harmful.
3. Is there any way I can do this on a Mac/on my accounts? **Not that I want people's passwords, just curious. Honest.Just a stupid kid with a computer, so take my advice with a grain of salt if that makes a difference to you.
05-05-2010, 12:37 AM #2
Well if he really had your passwords, then asking him to tell you what they are would at least have confirmed that he wasn't full of it. Personally, I think he is. There have only been a couple trojans found that can get installed on OS X, and they are disguised as legit software on piracy sources. If you haven't been pirating software, then you have nothing to worry about.
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05-05-2010, 05:24 AM #3
somehow gotten my passwords
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05-05-2010, 11:04 AM #4
Especially after lifeisabeach's comment, I'm pretty sure he was BSing. All I did was let him log on to AIM with the "Connect a Guest Account" feature on Adium. It was just mentioned casually, and he's a good friend, and I've changed my password a few times after that, so I don't worry about my security, I was just curious.
Thanks for the responses.Just a stupid kid with a computer, so take my advice with a grain of salt if that makes a difference to you.
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