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If friends (especially ex-friends) are looking at your email and they have access to your account, I would seriously consider that you treat this has a hacked email account.
If an ex-friend puts my email on their PC, will my email go to them and my PC also? My ex-friend says that they're getting my email. Can this be?
In this excerpt from Answercast #61, I look at a case where ex-friends are suspected of reading private email. This should be treated like a hacked email case.
Absolutely, it can be. Exactly what happens depends on how both your machine and your friend's machine are configured to grab your email.
It is possible that they could be looking at your email and you would never know because you're looking at it, too. They may have it configured to use a service called IMAP or they may be leaving copies on the server - which implies that, to you, there would be no evidence that they would be looking at your email.
On the other hand, if they're configuring their email to use something like POP 3 (where they're literally downloading your email to their machine), it's very possible that not only are they looking at your email, but they could be downloading it and preventing you from seeing your email.
So, what to do? Very, very simple:
If you don't want other people looking at your email, don't give them your account information. It's just that simple.
If they are looking at your email and you want to stop them, change your password. That way, the password that they have will stop working and they'll be denied access to your email.
If they have hacked into your account? Well, then you need to take a look at the "7 Things You Need to Do Now" article that will walk you through all of the things you should be doing whenever somebody has hacked into your account with malicious intent.
In fact, if your friends (especially if they're your ex-friends) are looking
at your email and they do in fact have access to your account, I would
seriously consider that you treat this has a hacked email account - and you
immediately take all of those steps to secure it again, so that you are the only
one that can actually see, read, and download your email.
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