Protect Yourself From Email Spam

I’ve recently noticed an uptick in hacked email accounts. I’ve received quite a few messages from people I know that are clearly spam.

How Can You Tell It’s Spam?
I typically notice them when I get an email from an address that I recognize, it typically doesn’t have a subject, and if you look at the email it contains only a link (which you should NOT click.) Of course there are other types of spam as well. This type is just the one that seems to be going around right now.

What Should You Do If You Receive One?
Well first, DON’T click the link. Delete the message, and then send your friend an email letting them know what you received, and telling them they’ve most likely been hacked. Advise them to change their password ASAP.

What Should I Do If My Email Has Been Hacked?

  1. First, change your email password. Try to use a random combination of letters, numbers, and symbols to make your password hard to guess.
  2. Typically everyone in your address book will be affected. Therefore, you need to send an email to all of them right away, letting them know your account  has been hacked, and that they should not click any link in an email they’ve received from you. Yes, this is a time-consuming process, but it’s very important. You don’t want your friends to be negatively impacted.

It would be so nice if people who spend all this time trying to hack our computers used that creative energy for something productive. But until then, be wise and protect both yourself, and your friends. Be safe!

How do you identify spam, and keep your computer safe? Would love to read your thoughts in the comments.

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2 Responses to Protect Yourself From Email Spam
  1. John A Adkins
    August 6, 2011 | 7:36 pm

    Hi Jennifer,

    There is another possibility other than your friend’s email was hacked. It could be remotely done by an infected computer using the “To:” listing for a mass email. Let me me explain, as it happened several times to a former boss until I came up with a ‘work around’. Person “A” sends out a mass email to persons “B”. “C”, “D”, etc. adding each address into the “To:” line. Say person “E” has an infected computer. “E”‘s computer sends out the viral induced spam email using “A”‘s “To:” list and mirroring “A” as the ‘from’ source. Viola, everyone thinks “A”‘s been hacked and no one discovered it was “E”. I discovered this through several months of trial and error sending out emails one by one until I got a ‘spam’ hit back (I had my boss send each person an email and listed me as a second “To:” addressee.) The ‘work around’? Send out mass emails using the “Bcc:” to list addressees. The infected computer never caught on. Have a great day!

  2. Tho Huynh
    July 25, 2011 | 11:28 am

    I sometimes receive spam mails from my friends’ mailbox. The first thing I gonna do is to delete them immediately. Because their titles will stand out easily (I don’t think that my friends would send me an email about weight loss tip or so so. I am tooooo thin already).
    If you are using Gmail, you can enable two-layers protection to strengthen your security wall 🙂
    Best Regards,
    Tho Huynh recently posted..Backlink Booster Review and 25% Discount Code For You

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