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Old 11 December 2012, 11:42   #1
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Mail ac hacked

Well it happened to me last night at 10 according to my ac details from you guessed it Nigeria! Seems I being held at gunpoint in Madrid and 2500 is all they want. I have essentials suite on pc and they still got thru. Now left with no contacts list swines didn't copy just lifted.
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Anybody any suggestions to what better security measures I could put in
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What email provider?
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Change your password immediately. Use a capital letter and a couple of numbers in your password at the least.

Quite opening mail and clicking on links you shouldn't be opening. If your buddy sends you a link and it is suspicious, well don't open it, as their mail probably got hacked.
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Is your contacts list lifted from your pc or from your email service providers server?
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Hi guys thanks for replies. to answer the two questions BT and I think it was from the bt contacts list that sits on the BT home page, I do not keep another list.
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Hi guys thanks for replies. to answer the two questions BT and I think it was from the bt contacts list that sits on the BT home page, I do not keep another list.
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That's exactly what happened to me some years back. So, your pc is safe, it's the BT server that was compromised by some twat getting your password. Microsoft Essentials only protects your pc.

I won't use web based email. I suck them all down to the Mac/pc then they're all behind the firewall/virus protection et al.

Change your password as said before ... Letters, capitals, numbers and punctuation.
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Damn! So I'm down 5000!
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Tax Leapy I am not a computer expert so can you explain what you meant by web based and duck them behind on pc. I didn't send Pm just incase
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Use Password safe: Password Safe

Use a different password for every account and Password safe will generate you an alphanumeric password (including caps and symbols if the site supports them) for each account/site it then secures them in an encrypted file which you can keep on a USB drive on your keyring (with a backup somewhere else in case you lose it!). You then only need to remember one password, the one that you use to access the encrypted file, but you have a different strong password for every publicly accessible account you use.

Leapy's solution of not using web-based services is good too but you need to make sure that a) you have a good backup solution in place and b) you aren't fussed about having access to it anywhere other than at home/in the office (delete as appropriate).
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