This last month, three of my family/friends had their Yahoo accounts hacked into with all sorts of unpleasantness ensuing. I'd like to save all my important info elsewhere.
I just received a message from a friend's account, saying that she and her family had been robbed in Liverpool, and that they needed money urgently (clearly, this didn't happen). No other info was included (no bank account or anything about how the money was to be sent etc), but all her contacts and all her emails vanished. This is the third time something like this happened during the last month, but I've sporadically seen variations on this for about 2 years (the first one was my dad, but in that case the email included on information on how the money was to be transferred, and he could recuperate his account untouched – kind of like this
seems to have gone down).
It seems that this kind of attack on Yahoo accounts is increasing, and I'd like to move my emails out of harm's way. The problem is that I have several thousands of emails (many of which wouldn't be a great loss) and I've no idea how to move the lot in one big chunk elsewhere (maybe to my computer? or an online storage space, if such things even exist?). Is this possible?
Another question, if you have ever come across this - is it possible for my friend to recover her emails/ contacts/ links? Is everything gone for good or just hidden away somewhere? If time is of the essence (as in, if everything is deposited somewhere and then deleted after x period of time, as if in an invisible spam folder), she might still have a chance - the email is only a couple of hours old at most.
Another worry after reading this Askme
- what links my Yahoo account to other sites, like ebay, Amazon etc? Is it just because I have used it for buying things on ebay, Amazon and the like? And what can I do about this - change my password on those sites?
One last question (or three) - as far as I know, all of the people who had this problem (cca 10 - 12 all told, including the ones who didn't have their accounts wiped clean) all have Yahoo accounts - is this issue a Yahoo thing, or do people with other providers also experience this? Does it make sense to move email accounts to a different service? Do you have recommendations re. a more reliable and secure provider?
Thanks a lot for your help, and apologies for the urgent tone - we feel slightly panicky about this, a lot of important stuff gone.