Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
Keeping your email account safe, what to do to prevent hacking and other forms of abuse as well as what to do if you have been hacked.
It's not really true that viruses attach to emails after they leave your computer. One confusing issue is that some email is read on the local computer, and some is accessed online; those two methods have different problems.
Email accounts don't get infected with viruses... but they can be the delivery mechanism for viruses that then infect machines. Learn the difference.
The only thing that your employer can monitor is what happens on the computer that the employer provides, so keep your work and personal lives separate.
When a friend's email account is hacked, it is likely that the spammers have stolen and kept the contact list. This will increase the amount of spam you get.
It's not surprising to have an email account hack after your computer is stolen. There are several ways the hackers could have gained access.
With all the focus on malware, it's easy to assume your computer has an infection if you suddenly get a lot of bounced email. That's typically not the cause.
Email account theft is rampant. If it happens to you, there are several steps that you need to take not only to recover your account, but to prevent it from being easily hacked again.
With email account hacking on the rise, it's important to understand what it takes to keep your account and its address book safe from compromise.
If your desktop email program has saved or remembered your email password for you, there are tools available that will recover and display it for you.
When data is deleted from Hotmail, it is often deleted permanently. Backups and safety are always important with any free email account.
Hackers have a lot of ways to try to get into online accounts. Understanding how it works can help protect you online.
I'm not sure what additional security you're looking for in Thunderbird. A secure connection is something that can be done in either program.
View Source is a relatively safe way to view suspicious emails, even though it is good to remain wary.
Just looking at spam may be safe... if you know how to take the proper precautions.
Encrypted attachments in email can increase the level of security for sensitive communications, but only if done right.
Web-based email is probably not more secure than running a PC-based program... but as always, backing up is!
Having control over recovery details is what allows you access back into a hacked account: the goal is to prevent the hacker from controlling that recovery info.
Security-related information in your email account is used to recover your account. But what if the hacker now has access to all that?
The bottom line is that I understand why email would not be HIPAA approved, but I don't really consider fax to be any more or less secure than plain text email.
Email account hacking is on the rise. One of the signs is the amount of spam being sent to contacts from those hacked accounts.
When you suddenly start receiving suspicious emails from an old friend, the first thing to think of is spam. Don't click on anything!
Email headers, the place where the IP address information is stored, are incredibly easy to falsify. Spammers do this on purpose to hide their true location.
It's a tough situation after an email account has been hacked. There may be some further steps you can take to make sure you have total and exclusive control over it.
More than likely, your friend's email has been hacked. Spammers use this type of email cloaking to fool people into clicking on their links.