👍 #866 - Should I Just Hire a Hacker to Recover My Account?
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Every time I post a video on YouTube discussing account recovery or hacked accounts, the cockroaches come crawling out of the woodwork.
Cockroaches in the form of comments indicating that "so and so recovered my account!" and pointing to a WhatsApp ID, an Instagram account, or just an obfuscated email address.
These so called "good guy" hackers will supposedly help you get your account back.
No. Just . . . no. They're just scammers preying on the desperate.
Also this week:
- Closing your account and why you probably don't really want to.
- Hacking a computer while it's off? Extremely unlikely.
- Outlook.com tries to make helpful suggestions. You can manage what, and who, it suggests.
I was out of town last week, so we ended up skipping.
This Week's Featured Article
Should I Just Hire a Hacker to Recover My Account?
Desperate times can lead to bad decisions.
Desperation can lead you to consider hiring so-called "legit", "ethical", or "white-hat" hackers to regain control of a your account. Don't do it.
Also This Week on Ask Leo!
How Do I Permanently Close My Account?
|I often hear from people wanting to close an email account for one reason or another. The problem is that closing an email account is often the wrong solution to their real problem.|
Can My Computer Be Hacked If It's Off?
|Hacking a turned-off computer requires a few mistakes on your part. It's unlikely, but possible.|
How Do I Use and Clear Outlook.com Contacts and Auto-complete Suggestions?
|Outlook.com tries to make entering email addresses quicker, easier, and less error-prone by offering a variety of suggestions when you compose email. I'll look at how those interact and how you can control some of what happens.|
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How Do I Use and Clear Outlook.com Contacts and Auto Complete Suggestions?Outlook.com tries to make entering email addresses quicker, easier, and less error-prone by offering a variety of contact and auto complete suggestions when you compose email. I'll look at how those interact and how you can control some of what happens.
Can My Computer Be Hacked If It's Off?Hacking a turned-off computer requires a few mistakes on your part. Getting hacked if off unlikely, but possible.
Should I Just Hire a Hacker to Recover My Account?Desperation can lead you to want to hire a so-called "legit", "ethical", or "white-hat" hackers to recover control of a your account. Don't do it.
How Do I Permanently Close My Account?I often hear from people wanting to permanently close an email account for one reason or another - often they're quite desperate. The problem is closing an email account is very often the wrong solution to their real problem.
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