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What Is A Yahoo Messenger Invisible Hack?


Question: What Is A Yahoo Messenger Invisible Hack?
The Yahoo instant messaging(IM) network monitors the connection of all users and shows the online or offline status of each for everyone to see. Like most IM systems, Yahoo Messenger also gives an option for you to hide your connection status. With this option you appear offline ("invisible") even when actually connected.

In computer technology, the term hack sometimes refers to an unauthorized method to bypass security systems. But what exactly is an invisible hack for Yahoo Messenger?

Answer: A Yahoo Messenger invisible hack is any of several methods people can employ to obtain the true connection status of users on the Yahoo IM network even when they are in hidden status mode. The two primary methods are:
  • installing an unauthorized third-party software application that probes the Yahoo IM network

  • using Yahoo IM to initiate a shared application such as voice chat or conference with the other person and determine their status based on the connection messages that result. (This method varies in effectiveness depending on which version of the Yahoo IM client users run.)

Who does this - Friends and family may need to use Yahoo Messenger invisible hacks in emergency situations. Spammers and hackers may also try Yahoo Messenger invisible hacks to send you unsolicited messages or attempt to break into your computer.

How to prevent this - To protect yourself against Yahoo Messenger invisible hacks, ensure your IM client is upgraded to the latest stable version. Enable normal security features on your computer and home network.

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