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How to Protect an Email Account from being Hacked

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    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    Today in this post I’ll teach you how to protect your email account from being hacked. Nowadays I get a lot of emails where most of the people say “My Email account is hacked please help…”. Now one question which arises in our mind is: “Is it so easy to hack an email account? OR Is it so difficult to protect an email account from being hacked?”. The single answer to these two questions is “Absolutely NOT!”. It is neither easy to hack an email nor difficult to protect an email account from bieng hacked.

    If this is the case, then what is the reason for many people to lose their accounts?

    The answer is very simple. They don’t know how to protect themselves from being hacked! In fact most of the people who lose their email accounts are not the victims of hacking but the victims of Trapping. They lose their passwords not because they are hacked by some expert hackers but they are fooled to such an extent that they themselves give away their password.Are you confused? If so continue reading and you’ll come to know…Now I’ll mention some of the most commonly used online scams which fool people and make them lose their passwords. I’ll also mention how to protect your email account from these scams.

    1. WEBSITE SPOOFING

    Website spoofing is the act of creating a website, with the intention of misleading the readers. The website will be created by a different person or organisation (Other than the original) especially for the purposes of cheating. Normally, the website will adopt the design of the

    target website and sometimes has a similar URL.For example a Spoofed Website of Yahoo.com appears exactly same as Yahoo Website. So most of the people believe that it is the original site and lose their passwords. The main intention of spoofed websites is to fool users and take away their passwords. For this,the spoofed sites offer fake login pages. These fake login pages resemble the original login pages of sites like Yahoo,Gmail,Orkut etc. Since it resemble’s the original login page people beleive that it is true and give away their username and passwords by trying to login to their accounts.
    Solution:
    • Never try to login/access your email account from the sites other than the original site.
    • Always type the URL of the site in the address bar to get into the site. Never click on the hyperlink to enter the site.

    2. BY USING KEYLOGGERS

    The other commonly used method to steal password is by using a Keylogger. A Keylogger is nothing but a spyware. The detailed description of keylogger and it’s usage is discussed in the post Hacking an email account. If you read this post you’ll come to know that it is too easy to steal the password using a keylogger program. If you just access your email account from a computer installed with keylogger, you definitely lose your password. This is because the keylogger records each and every keystroke that you type.

    Solution:
    Protecting yourselves from a keylogger scam is very easy.Just install a good anti-spyware program and update it regularly. This keeps your PC secure from a keylogger. Also there is a program called Anti-keylogger which is specially designed to detect and remove keyloggers. You can use this program to detect some stealth keyloggers which remain undetected by many anti-spyware programs.

    3. ACCESSING YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT FROM CYBER CAFES

    Do you access your email from cyber cafes? Then definitely you are under the risk of loosing your password.In fact many people lose their email account in cyber cafes. For the owner of the cyber cafe it’s just a cakewalk to steal your password. For this he just need’s to install a

    keylogger on his computers. So when you login to your email account from this PC, you give away your password to the cafe owner. Also there are many Remote Administration Tools (RATs) which can be used to monitor your browsing activities in real time.This doesn’t mean that you should never use cyber cafes for browsing the internet. I know, not all the cyber cafe owners will be so wicked but it is recommended not

    to use cafes for accessing confidential information. If it comes to the matter of security never trust anyone, not even your friend. I always use my own PC to login to my accounts to ensure safety.So with this I conclude my post and assume that I have helped my readers to protect their email accounts from being hacked. Please pass your comments…
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    elimu ni uwanja mpana....na sisi sote tujumuike kucheza...! nimepata darasa
     
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    Asante kwa darasa. Ila sasa sisi tunaotumia cyber cafes sijui tutafanyaje! Hapo ni pagumu sana. Tutaendelea ku-risk usalama wa e-mail accounts zetu kwani si rahisi kujua kama mwenye cafe kaweka keyloggers au la.
     
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    How to Block Unwanted Emails
    [​IMG]Do you want to block emails from your ex wife/husband? Do you want to block those annoying offers and newsletters that reach your inbox? Well here is a way to block all those unwanted and annoying emails that you do not want to see or read! With this trick you can block individual email address or the whole domain from which you do not want the emails to come from. Here are the step-by-step instructions to do this.
    [h=3]For Gmail[/h]

    1. Login to your account

    2. At the top-right corner, click on Settings

    3. Under Settings, click on Filters

    4. You’ll now see an option “Create a new filter“, click on it

    5. Now in the From field enter the email address from which you do not want to receive the emails
    For ex. you may enter john@gmail .com in the From field to block all incoming emails from this address. However if you want to block the whole domain then use the following syntax: *@xyz.com. Now all the incoming emails from the domain xyz.com will be blocked. 6. Click on Next Step, select the action you’d like to take on the blocked emails. You may select the option Delete it so that the blocked email is moved to trash. To unblock the email, all you need to do is just delete the filter that you’ve created.
    [h=3]For Yahoo[/h]

    1. Login to your account

    2. At the top-right corner, click on Options

    3. A drop down menu appears, now click on More options

    4. In the left panel select the option Filters and click on create or edit filters

    5. Now click on Add

    6. In the next screen, give a name to your filter and in the From header field enter the email address that you want to block.
    Fox ex. john@gmail.com or if you want to block an entire domain then just enter @xyz.com. Dont enter *@xyz.com. Select the option Move the message to: Trash and click on Save Changes.

    [h=3]For Hotmail[/h]
    1. Login to your account

    2. At the top-right corner, click on Options

    3. A drop down menu appears, now click on More options

    4. Click on Safe and blocked senders link under Junk e-mail

    5. Now click on Blocked senders

    6. Type in the email address that you want to block under blocked e-mail address or domain field.
    For ex. Enter john@yahoo.com to block the individual email address or just enter xyz.com to block the entire domain.
    That’s it. You no longer receive those annoying emails in your inbox. Keep your inbox clean and tidy. I hope this post helps. pass your comments!
     
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    How to Protect an Email Account from SPAM
    [​IMG]Most of us get SPAM every day. Some of us get more and some little. Even a newly created email account will begin to receive spam just after a few days of it’s creation. Many times we wonder where these spam come from and why? But this question remains unanswered within ourselves. So in this post I will try my best to give every possible information about the spam and will also tell you about how to combat spam.

    What is SPAM?
    Spam is the abuse of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast media, digital delivery systems) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately. Most widely recognized form of spam is email spam.

    Where do these SPAM come from?
    These spam come only from spammers and never from a legitimate user or a company. These spammers send a single email to hundreds (some times thousands or millions) of email addresses at a time. They either send it manually or use spambots to automate the process of spamming.

    Why do spammers SPAM?
    The main goal of spammers is to send the spam (unsolicited bulk messages) to as many people as possible in order to make profit. For example, John builds a small website to sell an ebook which gives information about weight loss. In order to make sales he needs publicity for his website. Instead of spending money on advertising, John decides to create an email which contains information

    about his site along with it’s link and send this email to say 100 email addresses in his contact list. If 1 person out of hundred buy this book john gets $10. What if he sends this email to 1000s of email addresses. He gets $100. Imagine, if he sends this email to 1 Million email addresses he gets $100000. Now I hope you understood the idea behind spamming. So in order to make money, spammers send their advertising emails to as many people as possible without respecting the recipient’s privacy.

    From where do SPAMmers get my email address?
    On the Internet there exists many sites who collect the email IDs of people and sell them to spammers in bulk. Most often, people sign up for monthly newsletters and take up surveys. This is the time where these scam sites get their email addresses. Also many spammers collect email addresses by using spambots. These spambots collect email addresses from the

    Internet in order to build mailing lists. Such spambots are web crawlers that can gather email addresses from Web sites, newsgroups, forums, special-interest group (SIG) postings, and chat-room conversations. Spammers also use the trick of creating Hoax Emails for gathering a huge list of email IDs. For example, a spammer sends a hoax email which says “Forward this Message to Help Severely Burned Child”. This email claims

    that 11 cents will be donated to the child’s family every time the message is sent to others
    . Most of the people believe this and start forwarding this hoax email to all of the IDs in their contact list. In this way the email spreads rapidly and eventually when it reaches the creator (spammer), the spammer gets a huge list of valid email addresses in the email header. When you get these kind of hoax emails, you can see for yourself in the email header which contains a huge list of email addresses of all those people to whom the email is being forwarded to. This is one of the effective methods used by spammers to gather email addresses.

    Is SPAMming legal?
    Spamming is completely illegal. Yet it is really difficult to stop spammers from spamming since they keep moving from one hosting company to another after getting banned. This makes it practically impossible to catch spammers and prosecute them.

    How to protect my email account from getting SPAMmed?
    The following methods can be used to combat email spam. 1. Use spam filters for your email account. If you’re using email services like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc. then spam filters are used by defaut. Each spam filter has it’s algorithm to detect spam emails and will automatically move them to SPAM folder. This keeps your inbox free from spam. However

    some spam emails become successful to make their way into the inbox by successfully bypassing the filters. 2. Do not post your email address in public forums, user comments and chat-rooms. Give your email address only to trustworthy websites while signing up for newsletters. 3. While taking up online surveys and filling up feedback forms, it is better not to give your personal email address. Instead singup for a dummy

    email account and use this for surveys and feedback forms. 4. While posting your contact email address on your website use this format: emailaddress [at] yoursite.com instead of emailaddress@yoursite.com. This protects your email address from being indexed by spambots.

    5. Do not respond to hoax messages. When you receive a hoax email, avoid forwarding it to your friends. Examples of hoax messages can be found at www.hoax-slayer.com. If you really want to forward it to your friends, make sure that you use “Bcc” (blind carbon copy) option to send the email. This will hide all the email IDs to which the mail is forwarded to. I hope this helps. Pass your suggestions and feedback via comments.
     
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    Tips to Find Unauthorized Activity on Your Email Account
    [​IMG]Do you suspect that your email account is under attack? Do you want to maintain total security of your email account and make it 100% hack proof? Well, Some times our email account might have got hacked and we may not be aware of that. We may believe that our email account is safe, but in reality our private and confidential information may be falling into the hands of a third person.

    Here are some signs of unauthorized activity on an email account.
    1. Your new emails are marked as Read even if you’ve not read them. 2. Your emails are moved to Trash or even permanently deleted without your notice. 3. Your emails are being forwarded to a third party email address (check your settings-> forwarding). 4. Your secondary email address is changed. If you come across any of the above activities on your email account, then it is a clear indication that your email account is hacked.

    Additional Security Features in Gmailto ensure the Safety of your Account
    Gmail provides an additional security feature to protect your email account through the means of IP address logging. That is, Gmail records your IP address every time you login to your Gmail account. So, if a third party gets access to your account then even his/her IP is also recorded. To see a list of recorded IP address, scroll down to the bottom of your Gmail account and you’ll see something like this.
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    You can see from the above figure that Gmail shows the IP address of last login (last account activity). You can click on Details to see the IP address of your last 5 activities. If you find that the IP listed in the logs doesn’t belong to you, then you can suspect unauthorized activity.
    Steps to be carried out to stop unauthorized activity on your email account If you feel/suspect that your account is hacked then you

    must immediately take the actions mentioned below 1. Change your Password 2. Change your security question. 2. Remove any third party email address (if any) to which your account is set to forward emails. 3. Make sure that you can access the email account of your secondary email address. 4. Also change you secondary email password and security question. This ensures that your account is safe from future attacks. But I strongly recommend that you read the following post to protect your email account from being hacked. How to Protect Your Email Account from being Hacked
    Please pass your comments and express your opinions.
     
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    Tips to Improve Email Privacy
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    Many websites ask for your email address when you shop online, download a free software etc. But do you know that this has a chance of affecting your email privacy through Spam emails? Though most websites don’t use spamming as an email marketing strategy, there are a few that use junk emails that don’t care about anti-Spam laws. Here are some tips to maintain your email privacy from such threats. Before

    submitting your email address you need to check the reputation of the company. Reputed websites would normally follow the right email practices to ensure your email privacy. Such companies will never want to loose their hard earned reputation by getting blammed for spamming. See whether the websites provides email privacy statements. You need to go through these statement in detail, and know about

    the kind of emails that will be sent to you, how often etc. Based on this you can decide on whether you need such emails. You don’t want to give your email address to some fraud company that is thinking about handing over your email address to hundreds of other websites. Finally,

    check whether the website really respects your privacy. Often you will find some text like “I agree to receive email” that comes with a check box. You can agree to receive emails by checking the check box. If the check box is already checked, it is just a good indication that the website doesn’t respect your privacy. So watch out!
     
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    thanks mkuu kwani kupitia hii thread yako nimepata kujua nisiyokuwa nikiyafahamu, about spam emails even kwangu tatizo
     
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