MSN (now known as Windows Live) is a popular instant messaging program these days. However, there are some things everyone needs to be aware of when using instant messaging programs like Windows Live.
Recently, if you’ve received e-mails or instant messages from a friend advertising a link about how to find out who has blocked you, or something else, it is probably because they have given their login information away to another website. DON’T CLICK IT!
If you’ve click on a link, you know what happens. The website asks you for your username and password for your Windows Live account. The website then logs into your account. What your probably not aware of is that it sends spam to everyone on your contact list. Once you login to this site with your username and password, it saves the information and continually sends spam through email and instant messaging to all of your friends. These block checkers are only intended to steal your password. Sites like these can also contain malware, which are programs that download and hide on your computer, recording keystrokes and possibly destroying your computer files.
If you’ve ever clicked on a link like this, you should probably run an anti-virus scan. Another important thing to do is to change your Windows Live password. This way, the information saved by the website will no longer work, and your friends will stop receiving spam sent from your account.
Always check the address bar. Never give your login info for one website to another website.