How do I clean up my email? So frustrated with spam coming in and out

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Posted 1/23/2013 by mommyto2c in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:44:17 AM
Around the holidays my email was hacked and lots of my email friends said they got spam from me. I changed my password and cleaned up any incoming emails that I thought were spam.

It seemed to improve but this week it happened again. My sister and husband both got spam emails from my email address.

I'm so frustrated!

What is the best thing to do? Do I completely abandon this email and open a new one? And, if I do that and send a mass email to friends that I've changed emails, will the spam follow me?

Thanks!


Judy

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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:53:39 AM
You probably just got hacked again. I would start with changing my password to something really weird, with lots of upper and lower case letters and numbers, that does not spell a word.

You can also change your spam filters in your settings with most email providers.

If that doesn't work then yes I'd probably abandon my email address and start a new one. I'd send out a mass email to my friends, I doubt that the spammers will follow you that way.



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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:28:39 AM
Who do you use for your email?
Are you clicking on the links in your email?




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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:12:23 AM
Rather than change to another email, I would delete all entries in my address book. You can create an export file of all those addresses and store it on the computer so that all you have to do is c/p the address when you send email. That way if someone has a keystroke tracker on you, all they will see is ctrl-c and ctrl-p, not addresses.

The other thing you can do is set up a filter in your email to forward your email to a new address. Doing that rather than sending out a mass email would shield your new address.

What email service are you using -- just so we know if we have to worry about getting hacked too.



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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:26:47 AM
Thanks for the tips. I'm using an aol account. I mostly use it on my ipad so I'm not sure if I can delete all contacts without them being gone from everywhere.


Judy

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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:13:30 PM
Never leave your email in "remember me" mode. Make sure to sign out when you are done reading/sending. The longer it is left open the easier it is to have it hacked.

I wouldn't change it just yet. Change the password to a non-word nonsense made of random letters, numbers and symbols. Then log out after each session.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:26:51 PM
Just FYI but are you sure it is coming from you?

I had a few people claim that - and I received it as well. Yet when you actually click "my name" - it is someone else's email altogether. It is not my email hacked so much as their contacts were. Strange senders are able to make their email appear to be coming from people in their contact lists. So you get "you are sending me spam" but if you instruct them to check the actual email and not just your name - it isn't your email at all.

I read a few things that blame this on a FB glitch last fall?



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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:30:34 PM
I wonder if your wifi is unsecure?



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