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To SirDent & Hubpages Team, and anyone else in my e-mail address book.

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    Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago

    I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this or not, but just wanted to let you know......
    I think my personal e-mail was hacked, 'cause when I checked my "Sent" items folder, it shows short e-mails during 11/29 to 12/1 originating from my address to some of my friends and to some of my contacts here (including SirDent, and the HubPages Team, etc.) that have various links about products or sites.  It says "sent by T Mobile" etc.

      I didn't send any of those and am sorry if you received any!   I've now changed my password and dunno what else to do about this.   I had a friend who, last year, had the same thing happen to her; I received some of "her" e-mails and asked her about it;  she didn't send them personally.   She finally changed e-mail addresses and the false e-mails stopped.

    Just wanted to apologize and let you and/or anyone else who might've received that kind of e-mail from my address know I'm really not trying to spam anyone!

    1. Aficionada profile image91
      Aficionadaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Brenda, did you receive my e-mail about this?  It may have been stopped by some filter so that you didn't see it, but I sent you one several weeks ago.

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        Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        No, I didn't receive it, or at least didn't find it.  I admit I don't check my e-mails very often!  But I think I would've found one from you....
        What was it about?   Were you receiving spam e-mails from my address, or vice versa?

        1. Aficionada profile image91
          Aficionadaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I received 1-2 spam from your address.  I'll check the date; I probably kept a copy of what I sent you.

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            Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks.  And I'm sorry you received any!

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      SirDentposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I got one from you but knew better than to open it.  I have seen them way too many times before.  I lost a hotmail account a few years ago because of the very same thing.

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        Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I'm glad you recognized it as such.  Thanks SirDent!

  2. Aficionada profile image91
    Aficionadaposted 5 years ago

    Oh, I understand the frustration of having an account hacked and hijacked!

    Unfortunately I couldn't find a copy of that e-mail, so here's what may have happened.  Since I could tell it was a spam e-mail, I flagged it as spam, but then wrote a note to you about it; but I'll bet that since I had marked it as spam, Yahoo! wouldn't deliver my e-mail - it probably just blocked all contact between the two addresses.  I'll go back in and see if I can change that.  Is your address the same as before?

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      Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, same address.
      I'm nervous about e-mailing anyone now!  arrgh.
      Thanks for trying to help me clear this up!

  3. Aficionada profile image91
    Aficionadaposted 5 years ago

    Well, it didn't show up as a blocked address.  I don't know what happened!

    Please do go ahead and e-mail something to me, as a test to see whether it goes through.

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      Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Will do.

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    Aficionadaposted 5 years ago

    Got 'em both!  Thanks so much.  I hope you can get it cleared up.

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      Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Me too.  Thanks again for helping. smile

  5. Pcunix profile image89
    Pcunixposted 5 years ago

    People are often careless with passwords.  You need too make them hard - no real words, include numbers and punctuation mixed case and  have different passwords for every important site.

    Never let your computer or phone remember any password if you have a choice.  Don't use any software that remembers passwords for you. 

    A simple way to do this is to have a word phrase and insert the site or function in there.  For example, my word phrase might be
    "It will be hard for you to guess this".  The basic password from that is "Iwbh4u2gt".  I'd use that for unimportant sites.

    For Google I might use IwbhGOOG4u2gt
    For email IwbhEMAIL4u2gt
    Hubpages IwbhHP4u2gt or IwbhPCUNIX4u2gt

    All easy to remember but very hard to crack.

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      SirDentposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      The type message that was sent to me was one that happens after opening an email that appears to be from a friend.  The account I lost was sending out vacation messages containing a link that I didn't set.  It was because I opened a similar message from a friend.  By the time I figured out what was going on, it was too late.

      That being said, Pcunix is right about making passwords hard to crack.  The harder the password the better off you are.  Brenda, you should change your password now if you haven't already.

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        Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I too have opened links before from friends' addresses before I realized they were spam links.   Guess that's how mine got messed-up?   Yes I changed my password.  If that doesn't fix it, then I may have to change my address....I hope I don't have to change it.

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      Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for the tips.

      1. Pcunix profile image89
        Pcunixposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I bet you could come up with appropriate Bible quotes that you could easily associate with the site, giving you even more varying passwords.

  6. Pcunix profile image89
    Pcunixposted 5 years ago

    Hmm. That's the second time I have seen something that looks like it was meant for another thread.l

    1. goldenpath profile image80
      goldenpathposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Very observant!  That should gain you at least three more followers.

      1. Pcunix profile image89
        Pcunixposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Whatever that means.. 

        Was it your error or is HP screwing up posts?  As I said, yours is the second misplaced comment I have noticed.

        1. goldenpath profile image80
          goldenpathposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Nope, totally mine.  I noticed a thread about Ernest but clicked on the wrong one.

  7. LeanMan profile image82
    LeanManposted 5 years ago

    I generally use "normal" words and numbers combined for passwords but I have still had both one of my gmail and yahoo accounts hacked. They seem to get better and better at doing this every year!! In the last year or so I have lost count of the number of emails I have received from friends accounts where they have been hacked, something that I had never seen before..
    You would think that Google and co would penalize the companies that are then linked to from these spam emails!!!!

 
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