Bob Rankin: How Did My Email Get Hijacked?

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By Bob Rankin

“Help, somehow my email account got hijacked, and now all my friends are getting spam, from me! I am always careful with my password. How could this have happened, and what should I do?”

Was Your Email Hijacked?

The first thing to do is relax. It’s quite likely that your account wasn’t actually compromised. Sometimes spammers use your email address without actually hacking into your email account. It is relatively easy to “spoof” an email address so that it appears a message is coming from one address when it was really sent from another. See Spammer Using My Email Address to learn more about how this can happen.

If a virus scan shows nothing unusual, and you can still login to your email account with your password, then most likely no breach has occurred. But in the worst case, spammers can gain full access to your email account and major trouble ensues.

It’s common for a spammer to change your email password so that you cannot log in to your own account. Then the spammer can raid your contact list to harvest valid email addresses to add to his spam list. Also, the spammer now has access to all of your saved email, which may include sensitive personal and financial information. If you’ve been locked out of your own email account, contact your ISP, or use the “can’t access my account” link that appears on the login screen to recover.

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This excerpt is shared with permission from Bob Rankin.

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2 thoughts on “Bob Rankin: How Did My Email Get Hijacked?

  1. I suffered that Highjacking related at one point but I recovered OK because as Bob relates these are just Spammers or rogue companies that want to use your Contact to advertise whatever. BUT as I have attempted to ALERT everyone to who uses Windows, there is a new game whereby companies take control of your Connection to Facebook so that you can no longer use the usual dired link to get on but are forced to use a Link that they will substitute which functions to post their ADS everytime you want to connect to Facebook. This happened to me and GUESS WHO the Culprit was, none other than DELL using my Facebook Connection to sell their stuff. BUT there’s an easy enough Fix, you only need to go to your Internet Options and DELETE all the History and Cookies, etc. that are stored in your BROWSER. Once Clean the Buggy is GONE and you can Log On to your Facebook page as earlier. But this really a very OUTRAGEOUS situation and PITSTOP should be very concerned about it because I was unable to even go to their Facebook Site because of this bug. Other companies in other words are now infringing on the right of other companies like PITSTOP to promote their Facebook pages. DISGUSTING!!!!

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