When I checked my e-mail this morning, I had a message from a friend asking if I had sent her a message about an opportunity in China. I had not and I was wondering why she was asking such a bizarre question. It turns out that someone hacked into my e-mail account and sent spam to all of my contacts. I was very angry and felt violated. Why my e-mail? I’m just a lowly blogger with a small set of friends.
Being concerned about identity theft, I quickly logged into my account see if there were any sensitive information accessible. Luckily there was none. I proceeded to change my password and remove all of my contacts to prevent my e-mail address from becoming a spam-bot. I went further to install new firewall, anti-virus, and spybot software. I guess I had been a bit careless with my online activities, but this incident was a wake-up call. Please have a look at your computer security and make a point to practice good password management. There are many full and part time hackers who are diligently working to gain access to e-mail accounts and other databases. While I was looking for security software on the web, I came across a website that sells passwords for Yahoo!, Gmail and Hotmail accounts.
I got off lucky with some spam being sent from my e-mail account. With identity theft on the rise, it could have been much worse.