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Monday, Oct. 27, 2008
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So your e-mail was hacked. Now what?
My e-mail account was hacked! Someone e-mailed my contacts saying I am stuck in Nigeria or Nicaragua. The hacker asked them to send money. I only use my computer recreationally. I use it to shop, do research and the like. What should I do? Will my accounts on other sites be affected, too? Please help!
A compromised e-mail account doesn't mean your other accounts have been compromised. But I would assume the worst and take immediate action.
The person who hacked your account is probably in Nigeria. That's where most scams like this originate. So, you have to wonder how the hacker got your log-in information.
The hacker doesn't know you. So, he probably didn't guess your password. For the same reason, your password probably wasn't reset. This recently happened to vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
You could have been tricked by a phishing e-mail. Or, in a worst-case scenario, you have a keylogger on your machine. Keyloggers record your keystrokes. Some even take screen shots.
A keylogger wouldn't limit itself to e-mail passwords. It would record everything you do on the machine. It could capture credit card numbers, banking passwords and other log-in information.
Get to work fast. Start by securing your machine. You need one firewall and one antivirus program. You also need at least two anti-spyware programs. Get all of this for free from my site.
Once you have the software installed, update it. You need to have the latest malware definitions. Then, run the programs one by one. They should detect and remove malware on your machine. I wouldn't be surprised if you find a keylogger.
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