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My payal was hacked - be careful with internet/passwords

Posted by mattocmd on 16/10/2010 at 12:12

Greetings!

The past few days have been very stressful as my paypal account was hacked and a purchase of around $400 was made to a (legitimate) Chinese online shopping website.

Because I spend too much time on my computer, I noticed the charge as soon as it happened and reported it before the website shipped the product. For the record, in the event that the website had shipped the product, I still wouldn't have been held responsible.

Anyway, just be careful when using your passwords in dodgy internet cafes and using your credit cards online here (eg. making credit card transactions over unsecure WIFI connections). I would suggest changing your password often and don't use the same password for all of your accounts!

Hats off to Paypal as they handled the situation quickly and resolved hte matter in only three days.

I think I'm going to get identity theft insurance. For expats who travel SE Asia often and live around the world, it's probably worth it.

Happy travels!

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Posted by exacto on 16/10/2010 at 20:58

matt,

sorry to hear about the stress but glad it turned out okay.

you are actually in Cambodia right now aren't you? any suggestions if all we have available are shared computers on internet cafes? did PayPayl give you any tips on how to clear the cache or other steps that would prevent account numbers and passwords from being surfed?

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