By Leo Notenboom
A reader asks: “My MSN HotMail account has been hacked into several times. If
I’m able to recover it, it just gets hacked again. Sometimes I can’t recover
it, and I have to start all over with a new account. What can I do to stop this
all from happening?”
No, I don’t get this question a lot. But I really, really wish I did. What I
get over and over and over again is the related “I’ve been hacked, please
recover my account/password for me!”
Which, for the record I cannot do. No matter how often, or how nicely, you ask.
The only salvation is in prevention, and this applies to email, IM and pretty
much any passworded account you might have.
[This post is excerpted with Leo’s permission from his Ask Leo blog.]
Leo Notenboom has been involved in the tech industry for nearly 30 years. After retiring from an 18 year career as a Microsoft Software Engineer Leo went on to create Ask Leo!, a free web site where he answers real questions from ordinary computer users.
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