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  1. #1
    Can he hack my mac from a forum?
    I'm on a forum and someone told me they're in the middle of hacking my computer. I have a mac.
    Is there even any way they could hack my computer based on the information forums provide? My IP isn't public (only admins can see it, which he is not)
    If so.. How can I prevent it?

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    Can he hack my mac from a forum?
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    Welcome to our forums.

    Make sure your Mac is protected with a password and for extra protection use FileVault.

    I have no idea what information the forum you belong to has regarding you. Your IP address can be found easily not only from your forum info. If that troubles you, then we advise you to use a VPN.

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    Can he hack my mac from a forum?
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    @Stedek97 Welcome to the forum. You probably would have gotten an answer sooner but for some reason the forum software put your post into moderation. No one sees it there until one of our Admins/moderators comes along and thinks to check that area.
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    Not a chance. That kind of crap only happens on TV.
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    Enable the Firewall option in your System Preferences pane of Security & Privacy maybe.

    You may already have firewall turned on in your router.

    And I would agree with Ashwin.

    That sounds like some creep is trying to scare you with his FUD!!! And it doesn't sound like a forum I would want to be part off thanks.

    And personally, unless you have something vital to hide, I sure wouldn't use FileVault. It's usually overkill and can lead to other problems.






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    Report this fool to the Forum administers. Change your login password and Don't log in to the Forum again until you hear from the Admins.

    KenK

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    In my opinion a VPN is by far the best way to protect your identity and data online. I use Express VPN which is now available on the app store. Yes the yearly subscription is a little expensive but given that you can have three devices on the same subscription it's money well spent for peace of mind. I might add their 24/7 live chat support line is excellent. I have my wife's laptop, my iPhone and my MBP all on Express.
    I used to be conceited but now I'm perfect.

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    +1 for a VPN and +1 for ExpressVPN.

    Private Internet Access (PIA) is also excellent.

    Personal opinion based on usage of both.

    Ian
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    I have both Tunnel Bear and NordVPN on my systems. Both work very well.
    Jake

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    Can he hack my mac from a forum?
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    Report this fool to the Forum administers.

    Sounds like an excellent idea!!!






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    Can he hack my mac from a forum?
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    I'm not sure if this is one the same theme? But I have just had a message on my Firefox page on this, the Mac-forums, to tell me that a boat load of accounts were compromised in 2016 and to check the Firefox monitor --- Dismiss or Check Firefox monitor.

    Has anyone seen this before? It's on my Flickr account, link below.

    https://flic.kr/p/PpcZaH
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    Can he hack my mac from a forum?
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    John, that's old news. The site was apparently breached in 2016, under the previous ownership, and either they didn't note it or just chose not to let us know. There is more about this in this thread:

    https://www.mac-forums.com/news-and-...-breached.html
    Jake

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    Ta for the info Jake. I am always wary of anything like that and was surprised to see the 2 year old date.

    Do you think that it's worth going down the VPN route?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonzjob View Post
    Do you think that it's worth going down the VPN route?
    On a portable device, where you connect through "other" Wi-Fi networks yes, you should be using a VPN.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    I agree with Bob on that, John. And these days, there may also be a case for using a VPN if you use WiFi in your home and have neighbors close enough that you can see their routers in your WiFi, or if you are near a road where someone could park a car and do some "sniffing" into your WiFi. A good VPN should not slow down your browsing/downloading/streaming very much and is a good investment.

    Now, if you live out in the country, with no neighbors nearby, then you don't need VPN at home, but still should have it setup and ready to go on any portable device that you might take to a public place to use.
    Jake

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