By Leo Notenboom
How do I stop [email being sent as me] or prevent a hacker from getting into my address book?
This was a follow-up question from someone who’d discovered that, as they put it, “Somebody is using my email address book to send spam to my friends.” I had pointed them at Someone’s sending email that looks like it’s from me to my contacts, what can I do?
What’s critical to realize here is that it’s extremely likely that they don’t just have access to your address book – they have access to your entire email account.
And that’s exactly where prevention begins.
This is the scenario that I’m hearing about frequently:
It’s that first part that matters: they hacked into your email account.
This post is excerpted with Leo’s permission from his blog.
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About Leo Notenboom
Leo A. Notenboom is the owner of Puget Sound Software, LLC and the Leo in Ask Leo!. Leo has been in the personal computer and software industry since 1979, as a software engineer, a manager of software engineers, and as a consultant. In 1983 Leo joined what was then a medium sized local company called Microsoft and spent the next 18 years in a wide variety of groups working on a wide variety of software. If you're running Microsoft Windows, if you've used a Microsoft development tool or Microsoft Money, or if you've ever purchased a ticket through Expedia, there's a good chance you've been touched by some of his work. And of course, since 2003, Leo has been answering your tech questions on Ask Leo!